The CDC is asking you not to travel for Thanksgiving if you can help it

Posted at 6:58 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 18:59:20-05

LEE COUNTY — The CDC is asking people not to travel home for Thanksgiving if they can help it.

The new recommendation comes as COVID-19 cases surge around the country. The agency made the announcement Thursday in a conference call with media outlets.

It’s important to note that the message from the CDC is just a recommendation at this time, not a mandate. The agency said if you do choose to travel, make sure to wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.

We spoke with several travelers at Southwest Florida International Airport, who all seemed to be following those precautions pretty closely. All of them also said they’re changing their plans for their family gathering.

“All the kids were supposed to be here, and none of them are coming. Illinois, my boy’s locked down. My daughter’s Denver, Colorado. Neither one of those are coming," said Ken Stegenga, who is traveling to southwest Florida from Michigan.

“Nothing is the same. I think we’re all taking it one day at a time, one step at a time just to figure out the best way to be safe. Also to protect yourself, as well as be courteous to others," said Gary Neffenger, who was traveling for business.

Right now, the CDC is only advising people not to travel for Thanksgiving. It hasn’t said anything about the Christmas season just yet, but the agency is continuing to monitor the rising number of cases around the country.