Officials urge people going away for Thanksgiving to pay attention to travel restrictions

Are you traveling next week for the Thanksgiving holiday? If you plan to visit any…

Are you traveling next week for the Thanksgiving holiday? If you plan to visit any states surrounding Oklahoma, you’ll want to pay close attention to COVID travel restrictions because you legally might have to quarantine.Six states border Oklahoma, and each of those have different restrictions in place, with some being a little more strict than others.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended people stay home for Thanksgiving this year. But officials said people should make sure to follow CDC health guidelines if they plan to travel.For those in Oklahoma traveling to neighboring states, you’ll want to be mindful of places with certain travel restrictions, such as New Mexico and Kansas.Anyone traveling to New Mexico would technically be required to isolate themselves for two weeks upon arrival if they’re coming from a high-risk state with a 5% COVID positivity rate. Oklahoma’s average positivity rate this week was more than 17%.Last week, New Mexico’s governor issued a statewide stay-at-home order ahead of the holidays.“Too many families are going to choose to gather for the holiday, and they’ll end up being together again to attend a funeral for one of those family members,” New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said.Kansas has a more specific quarantine requirement: If you attend a mass gathering of more than 500 people where there wasn’t social distancing or mask wearing or if you’ve recently been contacted by health officials for contact tracing or if you’ve been on a cruise.Texas, Arkansas, Colorado and Missouri don’t have any travel restrictions. But each of those states, except for Missouri, has a statewide mask mandate, but there are certain counties and cities in Missouri that require masks.

Are you traveling next week for the Thanksgiving holiday? If you plan to visit any states surrounding Oklahoma, you’ll want to pay close attention to COVID travel restrictions because you legally might have to quarantine.

Six states border Oklahoma, and each of those have different restrictions in place, with some being a little more strict than others.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended people stay home for Thanksgiving this year. But officials said people should make sure to follow CDC health guidelines if they plan to travel.

For those in Oklahoma traveling to neighboring states, you’ll want to be mindful of places with certain travel restrictions, such as New Mexico and Kansas.

Anyone traveling to New Mexico would technically be required to isolate themselves for two weeks upon arrival if they’re coming from a high-risk state with a 5% COVID positivity rate. Oklahoma’s average positivity rate this week was more than 17%.

Last week, New Mexico’s governor issued a statewide stay-at-home order ahead of the holidays.

“Too many families are going to choose to gather for the holiday, and they’ll end up being together again to attend a funeral for one of those family members,” New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said.

Kansas has a more specific quarantine requirement: If you attend a mass gathering of more than 500 people where there wasn’t social distancing or mask wearing or if you’ve recently been contacted by health officials for contact tracing or if you’ve been on a cruise.

Texas, Arkansas, Colorado and Missouri don’t have any travel restrictions. But each of those states, except for Missouri, has a statewide mask mandate, but there are certain counties and cities in Missouri that require masks.