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There Could Be A Rise In Travel This Fourth Of July Holiday Despite Restrictions
July 4th is a major holiday and an important date in many travelers’ annual summer travel plans. This year things look a lot different in terms of the climate of the U.S. and whether or not people are choosing to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although there are travel restrictions in place, there is an estimated bump in travel during this year’s Fourth of July holiday, proving that Americans are officially tired of being confined to their homes for months.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is estimating between 26,000 to 30,000 passengers going through airport security on July 2nd, which is less than half of the amount of travelers pre-pandemic. For the past few weeks, the number was only 15,000 to 16,000.
Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President at hospitality firm STR tells AJC, “A lot of people had wanted to already take summer vacations in May and June, and because they probably didn’t, [Fourth of July] is a good opportunity for them to sort of add a couple of days to go where they were planning to.”
Freitag also mentions that hotel room rates have risen in recent weeks in popular tourist areas such as Daytona Beach, Myrtle Beach, the Florida Panhandle, and Smokey Mountains.
AAA predicts that this summer will see the least amount of travel since 2009 when Americans were battling a recession.
Travelers should be aware that some restaurants, public restrooms, and hotels may be closed as a result of the pandemic. It’s important to pack PPE such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.
If you’re traveling to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from a high-risk state, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.