Here Are the New Laws That Go Into Effect in 2022 That Could Impact Travelers

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By Kurt Stolz on 1 January 2022
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While hundreds of new laws go into effect on January 1 this year, only a handful have the potential to affect travelers.

One thing that’s certain to change in the course of 2022 will be rules governing vaccine passports and what the requirements will be for adults as well as for children to enter restaurants, cafés, fitness centers, theaters, and cinemas, among other indoor establishments.

The rules range from the very strict in places such as New York City, where such venues require proof of at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine for those 5 years of age or older and two doses for anyone age 12 or older to no rules at all in some jurisdictions.

Oregon will join the cities and states that allow bars and restaurants to sell cocktails for off-premises consumption.  The drinks must, however, be sold in sealed containers.

Similarly, California is extending pandemic-era rules for takeout alcoholic beverages through 2026, although a sealed container is not required.

The Golden State is also prohibiting restaurateurs from giving customers single-use cutlery – including knives, forks, and chopsticks – or condiments without having been requested by the diner.  A similar law is also in effect in the state for single-use plastic straws.

Restaurants in Washington, D.C. will also no longer be allowed to automatically provide such utensils or condiment packages.

Meanwhile, visitors picking up food in New York State restaurants will notice that their takeout foods are no longer in polystyrene containers.  A new law makes the use of such containers illegal and the first violation of the new law will result in a $250 fine, with the second violation costing $500, and third $1,000.

Drivers, beware!  A new California law will allow cities there more local control over how speed limits are set, allowing them to start to lower speed limits beginning in 2024.  Previously, speed limits were set using what was called the “85% Rule” in the California Vehicle Code, which required speed surveys to be used to set limits, which were then set at the 85th percentile level.

A law in New Hampshire makes it a misdemeanor offense to deliberately remove a tracking collar or microchip from a dog belonging to someone else and makes dog theft a felony when it is a repeated offense.

Meanwhile, there were also some travel-related laws slated to go into effect in 2021 that didn’t.

Starting October 1 of 2021, security checkpoints at airports in the United States were to require Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses.  Such licenses incorporate features which make it harder to forge copies.   Implementation of Real ID requirements was first delayed in 2007 and then subsequently multiple times including in mid 2021.  It is now slated to become a requirement in May 2023.

Finally, if you are driving in Arizona or Virginia, note that it became illegal one year ago to do so while holding a mobile phone.

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