CDC Issues Coronavirus Holiday Travel Advice – AFAR Media

Fall is here, which means that the holiday season is upon us. Should we be gathering around the table with friends and family during a pandemic or carrying out holiday traditions via Zoom?

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As if the holidays aren’t complicated enough during a regular year, now we have a pandemic to contend with as we try to navigate how and whether to safely see our friends and family over the holidays.

For many Americans, this holiday season will mark the first time they plan to take a trip away from home in months. When travel booking site Hopper recently polled 850 people about whether they’re planning to travel for the holidays this year, 55 percent said it’ll be their first time traveling since the start of the pandemic.

Indeed, despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, people are planning to travel this holiday season. Flight- and hotel-booking site Qtrip recently questioned more than 2,000 people about their travel intentions for the holidays, and 33 percent said they will be flying over the holidays, 40 percent said they were still undecided, and 28 percent said they would not be traveling over the holidays.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week issued its advice for holiday travel and gatherings. The agency is reminding everyone that traveling does increase