Legal offices and courts now offer in person services again, meaning people need to travel for depositions and court dates. When judicial proceedings take place between people from different states or countries, it requires travel. While things are open, you still want to stay as safe as possible. In this article, we will discuss tips to travel safely during a pandemic.
Airports get crowded, but you need to do everything you can to maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet between you and other people whenever possible. Most airports already have processes to ensure proper social distancing while in line and the different lounges and refreshment stands.
While on the plane, social distancing can get a little more complicated. Get as many seats in a row as you can to reduce your interaction with the other passengers as much as possible.
The rules vary greatly from place to place regarding wearing a mask. Keep plenty of clean masks handy to wear when required and when you cannot maintain a safe distance from others, such as in a crowded courtroom or on a plane.
You do not need masks in areas with plenty of fresh air and space, but you should still wear them whenever requested.
Keep plenty of sanitizer on you (in travel size containers, of course). Use them whenever you touch surfaces that many other people touch, including door handles, seatbelt, and pens. Sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs, including the Corona-19 virus, so you can’t be too careful.
You can get vaccinated for free, so it makes sense to get it done. In some cases, vaccination may be required to travel to a specific destination. You will need to hold onto proof of your vaccination and wait 14 days before traveling. You have three vaccines available:
Pfizer and Moderna require two injections, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one shot, but Pfizer and Moderna have slightly higher effectiveness levels. The vaccine you get depends on the facility you go through.
You don’t necessarily need to travel internationally for every deposition. If you can replace the travel with a virtual meeting, you should make use of this whenever possible. Not only will you stay safe, but you will also save a lot of time and money. Most courts allow for the option these days and understand the preference to stay at home, so feel free to ask about the option.
Depo International offers virtual legal deposition services, including virtual court dates, interpretation, consultation, and complex case management. Contact one of our offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas today to learn more about how we can help you.