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Holiday travel continues in Kentucky despite pandemic

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 3:33 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Travel is muted this year because of the pandemic, but people are still on the roads to visit family.

One Florida man was passing through Kentucky to see his family in Michigan. Even though COVID-19 cases are spiking in the U.S., Don Melcher said about 10 to 15 of his relatives will gather for Thanksgiving dinner.

“We’re not going to wear a mask while we’re eating dinner, I can tell you that much,” Melcher said. “I got tested before I left Florida. I tested negative. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t bringing anything up.”

A couple returning from Florida was anxious to get home to Ohio. She said travel on the road has been a headache.

“Here’s my message if you’re going to travel, don’t do it,” Victoria Smith said. “We had a flat tire yesterday in Georgia, but the by grace of God it was taken care of by AAA in a few hours. But in Kentucky everything is shut down as far as indoor seating for restaurants.”

Smith said her family had already canceled plans for Thanksgiving and are thinking about canceling Christmas celebrations as well. She said they have 19 grandchildren and don’t want to get sick.

Travelers said traffic is about the same as it usually is this time of year. One man even said he’s seen more out of state license plates while on the road.

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