Gov. Cuomo warns that holiday travel could cause virus spike
Ahead of another busy week of
holiday travel, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning New
Yorkers to think twice.
Gov. Cuomo says Thanksgiving
travel was down this year and despite post-holiday spikes nationwide, New York,
New Jersey, and Connecticut avoided massive holiday spikes.
"If you look
at the places that had the most travel during the Thanksgiving holiday, they
had the greatest Thanksgiving spike, so the places with the most travel have
the greatest Thanksgiving spike," he says.
He partially credits the
state's strict travel and quarantine rules, but also warns the same type of
effort is needed this week to avoid a "living room spread" during the
end of year holidays.
"When you close bars, restaurants, people are
careful at work, density comes down. The main spread,
overwhelmingly, is living room spread, socialization spread, holiday
spread," Cuomo says.
Around 85 million Americans
are expected to travel this week, a 30% drop from last year, according to AAA.
On Friday and Saturday, TSA
already screened more than two million passengers nationwide, about 40% of what
it was this same time last year.
Some people who spoke to News 12 at the Westchester County
Airport say they are getting an early jump on holiday travel.
"I've been very cautious,
make sure I'm wearing my mask, make sure you know I'm keeping my distance, and
washing my hands. Keep my sanitizer with me," says Marilyn Santiago.
"My personal nervousness just comes to being on the airplane.
That's why I have the goggles and a double mask. Just a closed, confided tube
if you will. That's where I practice a little more precaution," says