RSW airports sees a decrease in travel due to growing Coronavirus concerns

Posted at 2:27 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 02:28:00-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As it’s gets closer to summer, we should be planning for vacations, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are taking take extra precautions with travel.

Here at RSW the number of travelers has drastically declined. Airport officials constantly update their website with travel information surrounding Coronavirus. They say they are doing their part to make sure all staff and travelers are safe.

“We have increased cleaning of all the public areas during the daytime and are taking additional cleaning and sanitizing action during the overnight hours. The shuttle busses that serve long-term parking are being cleaned frequently are limiting people on the bus to no more than six. We ask that travelers do their part by taking personal precautions like. Not coming to the airport if they are sick, washing hands frequently, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing” said Victoria Moreland. Communications Director for RSW airport

One traveler heading back to Canada agrees, but he’s taking his own social measures.

“I’m afraid of catching because if I do, being 81 years old, they tell us it’s the older people that die from it”, said Bernere Corbeil.

Corbeil says he was ordered to go back home by the Canadian Government, and will endure some changes upon his arrival.

“Then i’ll be stuck there for 2 weeks but luckily I have some good friend who went and got food for me”, said Corbeil.

Between the two governments and their citizens he has seen similar reaction, although he was disappointed to go home early, he understands why.

“We felt that it was the safer thing to do, and that’s what the bottom line is, try to not get the stupid thing, much more so as far as I am concerned”, said Corbeil.

The Canadian and Mexican borders will close to all non-essential travel. At this point, there is no restriction on domestic travel.