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Travel through Central Coast continues for Thanksgiving, despite rise in COVID-19 cases

Posted at 8:41 AM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 16:46:27-05

The busiest travel holiday of the year is inching closer and many are altering their Thanksgiving travel plans this fall as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

The CDC recommends people do not travel this Thanksgiving, as getting on a plane or a train can present a high risk during the pandemic.

The San Luis Obispo Regional Airport stayed busy Sunday, with travelers from across the country either arriving or departing.

Alabama resident Abbie Torroll says she considered canceling her trip home, but felt that the airlines had adequate safety precautions in place.

“The airplane was sanitized before we got in, they handed everybody wet wipes before getting on the airplane and we sanitized everything before sitting down. Everything was touch free our tickets were on our phone," Torroll said.

Georgia resident Craig Lindgren says while traveling back home from San Luis Obispo, he has been wearing his mask religiously and was surprised there were no temperature checks prior to his flight.

“Gotta be careful, we have Thanksgiving coming up, and a lot of people are going to be gathering. We just gotta be safe," Lindgren said.

However, the caution being advised by health officials has some Central Coast residents making alterations to their holiday travel plans.

Paso Robles resident Margarite Macon says she is staying home, but is finding other ways to connect with family.

“We’ll do Facetime for sure," Macon said.

Virtual Thanksgivings may be more of a trend for those wanting to minimize contact, but some feel keeping gatherings small is safe enough for in-person reunions.

“I wanted to go home and see my family, I didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving by myself," Cal Poly student Krista Round said.