Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank 

COVID-19 Staff/Volunteer Travel Safety Policy

Last Updated August 2021

Policy Rationale 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s paramount goal is to keep providing essential food services to our community while maintaining the health and safety of all our constituents - staff, volunteers, and clients.  

 

To ensure IFCB operations continue without interruption, we are asking for a high level of personal accountability regarding COVID-19 precautions (mask wearing, handwashing, social distancing, testing and quarantining after high-risk travel and when experiencing symptoms). 

 

All volunteers and staff are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated.  This policy is for everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated. 

 

Symptom-based Testing Guidelines 

If you have any of the following symptoms, please take a COVID-19 test before returning to the food bank. 

  • Fever or chills 

  • Cough 

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

  • Fatigue 

  • Muscle or body aches 

  • Headache 

  • New loss of taste or smell 

  • Sore throat 

  • Congestion or runny nose 

  • Nausea or vomiting 

  • Diarrhea 

Travel Guidelines 

Travel is a complicated issue– some areas of the US and the world are more at risk of COVID-19 and its variants than others.  With this in mind, we ask for a high level of personal responsibility.   

If you travel to an area with a high infection/transmission rate please err on the side of caution, take a test and quarantine for the safety of our Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank community. 

Domestic travel for vaccinated people. 

  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely to non-high-risk areas within the United States, as long as they are following CDC safety recommendations (mask wearing, handwashing and social distancing). 

 

Domestic travel for unvaccinated people 

After you travel: 

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. 

  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. 

  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. 

 

International Travel for vaccinated & unvaccinated people 

International travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and spreading new COVID-19 variants.  

The CDC recommends delaying international travel. 

 

After you travel internationally: 

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. 

  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. 

  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. 

  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. 

  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not. 

 

If you have any concerns or questions regarding IFCB COVID-19 expectations, your travel experiences, or potential exposures, please consult with any IFCB staff member.