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CDC Issues New Holiday Travel Guidelines

With a recent surge in cases nationwide linked to Thanksgiving travel, government and health officials are urging everyone to stay home this holiday season.

Posted: Dec 18, 2020 11:16 PM

It's a message we've all heard, first for Thanksgiving and now again. 

"I want to remind Hoosiers about how to stay safe and protect your loved ones over the holidays," Indiana State Health Department Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said. "The CDC has issued updated holiday guidance to help you consider how you can modify your plans to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep your loved ones safe."

Government and health officials are urging everyone not to travel and to stay home this holiday season. With the recent surge in cases across the country linked to Thanksgiving travel there's more concern than ever.

If you still plan on traveling however, the CDC has some recommendations in place.

Among other guidances, you're encouraged to check local travel restrictions before you go, get your flu shot before traveling, get tested before and after your trip and wear your mask correctly -- covering your mouth and nose.

Recent travel projections show these warnings seem to be working.

AAA is predicting the number of people traveling for Christmas and New Year's will be down nearly 29% from last year. That's a decline almost twice that we saw over Thanksgiving.

And though the pandemic has led many to cancel plans and stay home this year, one Evansville travel agency is expecting this year's slump to turn around in the new year.

"We've all been cooped up for a long time so we're ready to travel and ready to go," said Connie Corbett, president of Ambassador Travel. "So we're seeing some inquires and really going into summer and fall, people are feeling very confident."

She said with more vaccines getting approved by the day, people are feeling more comfortable with the thought of traveling again, but that doesn't mean they won't still be cautious.

"I think we all want to be safe and we want to stay safe," Corbett said. "The trend we're seeing is to lean more to the wide open ares more so than a city center."

But for now, next year's travel plans are still wait and see as we all continue to fight against COVID-19.

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