What to expect if you’re traveling this Labor Day

Holiday travel will be different this year thanks to rising rates of COVID-19. But how different?

The first major holiday of the summer wound up being a bit of a reprieve from the coronavirus pandemic as travelers took to the air and roads – many for the first time in over a year.

Just three months later and things are much different. Rising rates of COVID-19 are putting a damper on many people’s holiday plans. Those who still insist on traveling will face restrictions unlike the beginning of the summer.

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Although travel numbers are expected to be lower than during non-COVID times, travel experts say people should still prepare for crowds. They also expect gas prices to rise in time for the holiday weekend.

Travelers should also expect to keep a mask handy – and maybe even their vaccine card.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began recommending everyone wear masks again earlier this summer. That includes people who have been fully vaccinated. Vacation destinations have different rules about mask wearing, but many may be again requiring them.

Some may even require guests to be vaccinated – and ask for proof. In cities such as New York and San Francisco, many indoor activities are off limits to the unvaccinated.

[Washington Post]

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