Guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest having a small dinner with only people who live in the same household for Thanksgiving this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. It appears, at least according to a recent survey by Tripadvisor, that the majority of Americans are ignoring those protocols.
Despite rising cases of COVID-19 in the United States, more than half of Americans that participated in the Tripadvisor survey said they planned on traveling for Thanksgiving, according to a Tripadvisor survey conducted in the middle of October. While overall travel is expected to be down by 14% from last year, 56% of respondents planned on traveling at the end of the month.
Of those traveling 76% planned to drive to their destinations, while only 11% said they were flying.
Only four cities saw increases in travel this year compared to last year: Key Largo, Florida, up 76%; Sedona, Arizona, up 50%; Key West, Florida, up 36%; and Scottsdale, Arizona, up 28%.
Major metropolitan areas across the country are expecting massive declines in travel compared to last year, the survey said. Travel to New York City is expected to decrease by 80% for Thanksgiving, the survey said. It represented the largest year-over-year decline in the country. Boston is expected to experience the fifth largest decrease with 59% less travel to the city this Thanksgiving.
Of those traveling, 22% plan to stay in hotels or vacation rentals as an act of social distancing. The survey said 43% of travelers are extending the trip and leaving between Nov. 20 through Nov. 22.
Still the busiest departure day is expected to be Thanksgiving, with 26% of travelers leaving Nov. 26, Tripadvisor said. The busiest return date is expected to be Nov. 27 with 31% of travelers hitting the road again on Black Friday.
As of Tuesday morning, the United States had eclipsed 10 million cases of COVID-19 with more than 238,000 deaths linked to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In Massachusetts, state health officials confirmed another 1,184 coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the statewide tally to 167,929. Nearly 10,000 people in the state have died due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
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