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JacksRBack Travel and Transportation Guidelines

SDSU JacksRBack Travel and Transportation Guidelines

The SDSU travel and transportation guidelines are grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols. In addition, the following travel and transportation guidelines have been developed:

Upon receiving University approval to travel, individuals should review current CDC guidance for additional information, particularly as it relates to travel considerations, return policies and preventive measures you should take to protect yourself and those around you. In addition to the CDC guidance the University also recommends the following consideration be made related to travel and transportation.

General:

  • Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
    • Before you leave, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Once you reach your destination, wash your hands again with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soon as possible upon arrival.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Practice social distancing.
    • During travel, try to keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) from others.
  • Individuals are required to follow the current University and SDBOR face covering protocols.
  • Monitor Your Health Daily
    • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Stay home when appropriate.
  • Have adequate supplies.
    • Before traveling, pack sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (in case you are unable to wash your hands at your destination). Bring your face covering to wear as required.
    • Wipe down high touch surfaces after each vehicle use when traveling multiple days.

Transportation:

  • Commercial air, bus and metro trains
    • It is strongly recommended that university travel not involve transportation via shared carrier, including but not limited to airline flight, train or commercial bus.
    • If shared carrier transportation is required, travelers must follow the guidance and policies of any shared carrier used in connection with the travel.
  • Taxi, Uber, Lyft, and commercial shuttle
    • Travelers must follow guidance, policies and seating limitations of service provider.
    • Individuals are required to follow the current University and SDBOR face covering protocols.
    • Attempt to seat yourself at least 6 feet from others.
    • Once seated, limit contact with high touch point areas, such as door hands, arm rests, seat backs, and stability devices and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Upon arrival at destination use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol or wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • State or personal vehicles
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.
    • Individuals are required to follow the current University and SDBOR face covering protocols.
    • Occupancy in the vehicle cannot exceed 50% total ridership based on the number of seats in a vehicle:
      • Passenger vehicle (including compact cars, SUVs, etc.) — i.e., if 5 seats, occupancy cannot exceed 2 people.
      • Passenger van and high-capacity trucks — i.e., if 10 seats, occupancy cannot exceed 5 people.
      • Shuttle bus — i.e., if 16 seats, occupancy cannot exceed 8 people.
    • Occupants in the vehicle should maintain 6 feet of separation in the vehicle, if possible. This may be accomplished by facing the same direction, sitting in alternating rows in a vehicle or by maintaining a zig-zag pattern of seat spacing.
    • Circulate air within the vehicle at all times, as possible given weather conditions. Open or partially open windows and use outside air for air conditioning.
    • Whenever possible, seek to minimize stops while traveling.
    • After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds at the fueling location or when you arrive at your destination.
    • When using parking meters and pay station, consider using alcohol wipes to disinfect surfaces or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol after use. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as it is possible.
    • SDSU Transportation Services is responsible for disinfecting all state fleet vehicles upon return from approved travel. Drivers will find note in assigned vehicle indicating disinfection process were completed. 

Meals and Dining:

  • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores if you are able.
    • Pay online or on the phone when you order (if possible).
    • Accept deliveries without in-person contact whenever possible. Ask for deliveries to be left in a safe spot outside your room (such as outside your room door or lobby), with no person-to-person interaction. Otherwise, stay at least 6 feet away from the delivery person.
  • If you dine at a restaurant:
    • Individuals are required to follow the current University and SDBOR face covering protocols.
    • Maintain a social distance of 6 feet or more in any entryway, hallway or waiting area.
    • When possible, sit outside at tables spaced at least 6 feet apart from other people.
    • When possible, choose food and drink options that are not self-serve to limit the use of shared serving utensils, handles, buttons or touchscreens.

Overnight Travel:

  • Room occupancy cannot exceed the number of beds.
    • Individuals are required to follow the current University and SDBOR face covering protocols.
    • Clean shared use areas with alcohol wipes to disinfect surface prior to exiting.
    • Do not share toiletries, linens, or towels.
  • Check the hotel’s COVID-19 prevention practices before you go.
  • Use options for online reservation and check-in, mobile room key and contactless payment.
  • Ask if the hotel has updated policies about cleaning and disinfecting or removing frequently touched surfaces and items (such as pens, room keys, tables, phones, doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, water fountains, ATMs/card payment stations, business center computers and printers, ice/vending machines and remote controls).
  • Individuals are required to follow the current University and SDBOR face covering protocols.
  • Minimize use of areas that may lead to close contact (within 6 feet) with other people as much as possible, like break rooms, outside patios, inside lounging areas, dining areas/kitchens, game rooms, pools, hot tubs, saunas, spas, salons and fitness centers.
  • Consider taking the stairs. Otherwise wait to use the elevator until you can either ride alone or only with people from your household.
  • Request contactless delivery for any room service order.

If any of these travel and transportation guidelines prevent you from following State Travel Allowances, contact Accounts Payable for approval prior to making reservations. 

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, guidance be continuously updated to reflect the latest CDC and SDDOH public health guidelines.