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CDC advice on returning from Thanksgiving travel

Posted at 9:45 PM, Nov 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 00:45:49-05

Thanksgiving travelers are returning home to the Central Coast and landing at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

The CDC warned against traveling during the holiday weekend, but AAA predicted about 50 million Americans would travel to see family.

According to AP News, the number of people flying for Thanksgiving is down by more than half from last year because of the rapidly worsening outbreak.

However, the 3 million who went through U.S. airport checkpoints from Friday through Sunday before Thanksgiving marked the biggest crowds since mid-March, when the COVID-19 crisis took hold in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend those who flew internationally during the holiday to get tested three to five days from returning and stay home for a week after traveling.

The CDC also recommends:

  • When you are around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you, particularly in crowded areas. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are in shared spaces outside of your home, including when using public transportation.
  • If there are people in the household who did not travel with you, wear a mask and ask everyone in the household to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home for 14 days after travel.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

One local traveler returning from Phoenix Sky Harbor plans to get tested soon.

"It's pretty easy to stay in lockdown right now. Fortunately, I'm able to work remotely, work from home. I actually do plan to get a COVID test hopefully as soon as I can," Caleb Contente, a San Luis Obispo resident said.

Click here for a list of testing sites in San Luis Obispo County.