Town shares guidance on international travel during winter break

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The Hopkinton Health Department and the Hopkinton Public Schools issued a joint statement Thursday with guidance for those who plan to travel internationally during the winter break.

The press release indicates that the town as adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

“Beginning December 6, all air travelers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, are required to show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States,” the statement reads. “For example, a passenger whose flight to the United States is at any time on a Sunday would need to have a negative test taken at any time on Saturday.

“Upon return, it is recommended that travelers get a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after arrival. Travelers should self-monitor for symptoms.”

Those who are not fully vaccinated, in addition to the above protocols, must “stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if you test negative at 3-5 days. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.”

The release, signed by HPS Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh and Health Director Shaun McAuliffe, concludes with the following.

“Please know that these safeguards are in place for the safety of all. Please plan accordingly when returning to school. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Hopkinton’s schools and its children healthy.”

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