Thanksgiving is traditionally about families traveling to be together, but the COVID-19 pandemic has upended that.
With health and government officials stressing that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick, AAA anticipates at least a 10% drop in travel – the largest 1-year decrease since the Great Recession in 2008. That would mean about 50 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday, November 25 and Sunday, November 29.
For Americans who make the personal decision to travel for Thanksgiving, it is important to know the risks involved and ways to keep yourself and others safe. In addition to CDC guidance, travelers should also be aware of local and state travel restrictions, including testing requirements and quarantine orders.
- Plan ahead. Check with state and local authorities where you are, along your route, and at your destination to learn about conditions and restrictions.
- Following public health guidance. Consistent use of face masks, social distancing (at least 6 feet), and handwashing are the best ways to lower your risk of getting COVID-19.
- Verify before you go. Call ahead to minimize last-minute surprises at hotels and other venues.