Staying safe while traveling for the holidays

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It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is here, and if you are preparing to travel, whether by land or air, you’ll want to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

“Nowadays you have to plan it like months ahead – a lot more preparation has to go into place make sure you have extra masks in your bags, extra sanitizer, stuff like that,” said traveler Lale Taulapapa. “But besides that Iā€™m just ready to go have a vacation.”

Medical experts say the key to holiday travel this year is to be mindful. That includes getting vaccinated against the coronavirus while continuing to wear masks indoors and in public spaces.

“Clean the high touch surfaces – the armrests, that little button that

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‘Masks 4 MontcoPA’ Volunteers Help Residents Stay Safe, Healthy

NORRISTOWN, PA ā€” It takes a village to protect a county, and few know that better than the volunteers at Masks 4 MontcoPA, a cohort of residents freely offering their time and supplies to make homemade face masks for residents in need.

The work of Masks 4 MontcoPA is coordinated by Tammy Tarloski, Community Information Content Manager for the Department of Health and Human Services in Montgomery County.

Tarloski said the idea for the group was born early in the coronavirus pandemic from discussions within county government of how people can obtain masks. She said she created the Masks 4 MontcoPA Facebook group, but its growth has been largely spurred organically and through collaboration.

Tarloski said she originally created spreadsheets directing “sewists” ā€” a combination of sewing and artist ā€” to requests from those in need of masks, but the approach proved unnecessary thanks to the commitment sewists have to

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