Tourism agencies can help you get out again

It has been seven months since Americans began locking down against COVID-19. Many have attempted to get back to “normal” by donning masks, washing hands more frequently and taking a step or two backwards sometimes to maintain social distancing.

But many others have remained cloistered at home, and with good reason. For mllions of people who are older and with pre-existing health conditions, any risk of contracting the disease is too much. If you are among them, you are growing very, very tired of not getting out. A little fun would be nice.

Never fear. Now is the perfect time of year. It is fall and, in some places, the scenery is simply spectacular.

Take a drive. If your car or truck needs gasoline, don’t worry. Nearly all retailers selling fuel have pumps that accept credit and debit cards. There is no need to have any contact with others before you fill ‘er up. Many have rubber glove dispensers so customers don’t have to touch pump handles. Take your own, if you like.

Where to go? Many of us know of scenic drives near our homes. Longer trips are no problem; pack a lunch.

Local and state tourism agencies often provide detailed maps for driving tours. Check them out online. Get started at www.exploreminnesota.com. Chances are you’ll find some trips, short and long, that had not occurred to you.

Bottom line: Don’t let COVID-19 hold you prisoner. You can get out, with minimal or no risk of contracting the disease.

A relaxing drive in the country may be the perfect medicine for cabin fever.


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