It is important to understand and adhere to guidelines and best practices for safe travel. Discover Easton has compiled resources and information from the State of Maryland and Talbot County Health Department. Small businesses in Easton are committed to following the guidelines set by our local officials and they are working hard to provide the best services as safely as possible. If you have specific questions or concerns, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help connect you to the proper channels.
Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery
The Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; constructed by the expertise of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team; and adapted to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state. Talbot County and Easton are following the process laid out in the Roadmap to Recovery and are adhering to strict health guidelines to keep residents and visitors safe.
Making restaurant and hotel reservations well in advance is recommended. Any activity that requires registration or tickets should be taken care of as soon as possible. Most businesses and activities have limited space and resources available. Planning ahead and staying informed is key to ensure you have the best travel experience and don’t miss out. www.DiscoverEaston.com is a great resource to find events in Easton and places to enjoy a getaway. You should also contact individual businesses directly for the most up-to-date information. Contact info can be found in our online business directory.
More Travel Tips
Discover Easton during the weekdays: Visiting town during non-peak travel days will help keep the number of visitors you will come in contact with low. You’ll also have more open space and services all to yourself.
Travel small and smart: Managing lots of items is difficult enough, keeping everything clean and sanitized is even more challenging. Bring only the essentials and things you need to stay healthy and well. Face coverings, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and personal water bottles should all be considered essential for travel. Travel small also means going out in small groups. Traveling with immediate family members you live with is best.
All visitors to Easton are advised to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19: There is no vaccine available for COVID-19 so it is important to follow these basic practices (as provided by the CDC and MD Health Departments) to try to avoid contracting or spreading the virus:
-Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer often when traveling and when soap and water is not readily accessible.
-You must wear a mask or cloth face coverings over your mouth and nose in retail spaces and on public transportation. Best practice is to wear a face mask whenever out in public. (more on this below)
-Practice social distancing — keep at least a 6 foot distance between yourself and others. Avoid overly crowded spaces. (more on this below)
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-If you are sick, stay home and call your health care provider.
Wearing Face Mask/Coverings
July 31 Update: Gov. Hogan expanded the current statewide masking order requiring the wearing of masks or face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state. Face coverings will also be required at outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.
You must wear a mask or cloth face coverings in retail spaces and on public transportation as of Saturday, April 18. The CDC states: Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants). Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
Everyone is advised to practice social distancing. Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Social distancing can take many forms, depending on your lifestyle and your family and work situation, and can include the following habits and steps:
-Avoid handshaking, hugging, and other intimate types of greetings.
-Make sure you are healthy for travel (consult a physician).
-Avoid large crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
-Work from home if possible for your work situation.
-Avoid unnecessary errands — consider ways to have essential items, like food and other household supplies, brought to your house through online delivery services or through family or social networks.
Stay Informed on the Latest COVID-19 Information & Developments
Discover Easton has provided travel tips and recommendations on this page from national and locals sources. You should seek guidance from your healthcare provider before making travel decisions. They can help you decide your best course of action.
Talbot County (in partnership with the Town of Easton, Talbot Health Department, Talbot Emergency Services, and other community partners) monitor COVID-19 closely and shares information and updates informing Talbot residents and travelers to this region. The county and state health departments and the CDC are also monitoring and provide the latest resources and information on the virus. Please refer to these resources when considering travel to Easton, MD.