December 3, 2020
Thanksgiving 2020: Know the risks
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to push down the number of Southern Californians traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday by more than 13 percent compared to last year.

The Automobile Club of Southern California says that’s the largest year-over-year decline since the 2008 recession, which caused a 26 percent drop in Thanksgiving travel.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including health and economic concerns, are impacting personal decisions to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. Air travel and other modes of transportation such as cruises, buses and trains are the most impacted by the pandemic. The vast majority of Southern California residents who are planning to travel – 92 percent – will do so by car. In 2019, 86 percent of local Thanksgiving travelers drove to their destinations.

Rather than spending time indoors with friends and family, many people may choose to spend the holiday with their own households or take road trips to enjoy time in the great outdoors.

With COVID-19 cases surging in many parts of the country, the Auto Club reminds those who choose to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday to know the risks.

The Centers for Disease Control is recommending against traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. California has a nighttime curfew in place until December 20th.
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