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Video: Holiday travel safety amid COVID-19

Nov 26, 2020 04:24AM ● By Editor

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By Alejandra Palacios of WDIO-TV - November 25, 2020

Although it's being advised to avoid travel this holiday weekend, it is something many people still plan on doing. That's why keeping health and safety protocols in mind during the health pandemic is key.

"I am traveling over to Green Bay to see my folks. I'm going to have a sit down meal with my family and try to be as safe as possible," said Jenna Behrends from Bruce, Wisconsin. She was visiting Duluth with her friend, Jessica.

"I'm traveling to see my parents socially distanced from their yard. I will not be going in their house. I think my dad's making a turkey and will set some out for us but we're not going in the house or sharing utensils. It's going to be the weirdest Thanksgiving ever," said Jessica Escobar of Hudson, Wisconsin.

Escobar's holiday plans are likely something many will be experiencing this year for Thanksgiving. Whether it's traveling via car, bus, or airplane for the holidays, there's precautions we can all take to make it as safe as possible.

'We sanitize all the time, wear masks and then on the plane we actually have N-95 masks that we wear on the plane," said Clay Wilson from Bishop, California.

Wilson was in Duluth with his two sons to visit family in Ashland for a hunting trip. They are flying back home from the Duluth Airport just in time for Thanksgiving. He said he's impressed with the cleaning efforts at the airports and on the planes.

"The seats are spaced out and there's not a lot of people traveling. They're sanitizing everything here," said Wilson. "I feel very comfortable flying right now and everyone seems to be aware, everyone's wearing masks."

Natalie Peterson, the Duluth Airport's director of marketing, said the size of the airport actually helps with practicing social distancing. She added that travel is picking up and things are going smoothly- with health and safety measures in place.

"As an airport we have upped all of our mitigation efforts which we share on our website and let people know what they can expect to try to provide safe travel for passengers," said Peterson.

They also ask people to do their part to make it a safe travel experience.

"People should make sure that they are healthy before they are traveling and making sure that they do not have symptoms and that they don't have any sort of positive test results and are doing the appropriate quarantine," said Peterson.

And for those hitting the roads, take precautions besides checking the weather and traffic. Make sure to bring hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and face masks and remember to keep the gathering small and distanced.

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