Millions travel for Thanksgiving as coronavirus cases continue to climb

Local News
February 07 2021 03:30 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Thanksgiving is Thursday and millions of people across the country are sticking with plans to celebrate with loved ones despite COVID-19 case numbers going up. 

Many travelers are not willing to miss out on seeing family and are convinced they can do it safely. 

“Just making sure that when I am here in public that I am socially distanced from everybody and keeping my mask,” said traveler George Ruiz.

Public health officials said that staying home is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19.

But if you must travel, airport officials said there are ways to stay safe. 

“We encourage travelers to please still plan on arriving early,” said Vikkie Calderon, spokeswoman for Fresno Yosemite International Airport. “You can also bring up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer through security screening. We also encourage travelers to use their mobile boarding passes on their phones that’s kind of a touchless initiative or effort that they can do.”

AAA expects 50 million people to travel in some form for the holiday.

Ninety-five percent of which is expected to travel by car.

To encourage safe travel on the highways, the California Highway Patrol will have a Maximum Enforcement Period beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. 

“This year with the COVID-19 pandemic thing might be a little bit different we are still anticipating quite a bit of traffic on the highways. Our officers are going to be out there not only looking for aggressive drivers but also assisting motorists,” said CHP spokesman Mike Salas.

However it is that people chose to travel, they said gathering with family is what they look forward to. 

“My grandma she will be very happy to see me and she going to make her famous banana pudding,” said traveler Karla. 

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