(WXYZ) — AAA expects a majority of Americans to stay home during the holidays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as public health experts are urging them to stay home and slow the spread of the virus.
According to AAA, there could be at least 34 million fewer travelers compared to 2019's holiday season, which runs from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. They still expect more than 84 million people to travel.
In Michigan, AAA expects 2.6 million people could travel this season, down about 30% compared to last year.
“While Thanksgiving is traditionally spent gathering with friends and family, the year-end holidays are when Americans often venture out for longer, more elaborate vacations. That will not be the case this year,” said Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson, AAA-The Auto Club Group. “Public health concerns, official guidance not to travel, and an overall decline in consumer sentiment have encouraged the vast majority of Americans to stay home for the holidays.”
If you are planning on traveling, quarantine should begin now, as the CDC recommends a 10-day quarantine for those who are possibly exposed to the coronavirus.
The CDC also recommends taking a COVID-19 test one to three days before traveling and three to five days after traveling, as well as reducing nonessential activities for seven days after travel. Also, consistently use face masks and disinfect wherever you travel.