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AAA: 85% of surveyed Kentuckians said they aren’t traveling for Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 11:58 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving, and, normally around this time travelers would be making their last preparations and setting out, but the pandemic is changing that.

Only a few people were out at Bluegrass Airport Monday morning and officials from AAA say this could be a common sight this holiday season.

Lori Weaver Hawkins with AAA Bluegrass tells us they surveyed Kentuckians about their travel plans for Thanksgiving.

“85% of them have decided they aren’t going to travel this holiday season,” Weaver Hawkins said.

Of that 85%, Hawkins says almost a third credited the pandemic as the reason that they were not going to leave town. But it’s not just affecting who will and won’t leave hit the road.

Weaver Hawkins said of the people who plan to travel this year, almost 86% said that they will be hitting the road as opposed to flying.

“And I think that just comes down to them feeling like they have a little bit more control over their environment; they can plan out those stops, less contact than they normally would, so vehicle travel will be by far the most common mode this holiday season,” Weaver Hawkins said.

Jolena Shalla is going to be traveling this year. She says she needs to sell her house back in Missouri and she’ll visit some family while she’s there, but she says she’s taking precautions.

“Trying to get in as many visits as I can, but safely and at their discretion,” Shalla said. “I’ve been quarantining before I travel and I’ll quarantine again when I get home just to be safe around the elderly people I’m going to be around.”

Officials say if you are choosing to travel, make sure you take the necessary precautions and educate yourself about any travel restrictions before you leave.

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