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Residents proceed with holiday travels, despite severe weather, COVID-19 pandemic

People are still hitting the roads or taking to the skies to visit family for Christmas, despite stormy weather on Christmas Eve and the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Dec 25, 2020, 2:42 AM

Updated 1,271 days ago

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People are still hitting the roads or taking to the skies to visit family for Christmas, despite stormy weather on Christmas Eve and the pandemic.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that restrictions on businesses can only do so much that the virus will continue spread through social interaction, especially during the holidays. As a result, state and local officials are urging that people stay home this holiday.
According to AAA, safety during a pandemic will be keeping about 34 million travelers in their homes across the country this holiday season.
"We decided that it's not really safe to leave the state," said Irvington resident Alan Vollweiler.
But nearly 85 million are still filling their tanks to hit the road.
"I know there's a lot of customers that are coming through the stations that I work at – coming through the stations and going elsewhere," said Yonkers gas station employee Dominique Valenti.
In the Hudson Valley, some said they're keeping their trips local.
"I'm going to the city to pick up my daughter and bring her home," said Scarborough resident Nancy Gutman.
And whether they traveled near or far to see loved ones, they said they would take precautions.
"We're not taking any risks, but there's always a risk, isn't there?" Gutman asked.
Between the ongoing risk of catching and carrying COVID-19 and the torrential weather, this Christmas is all about safety.
The state Department of Transportation said it has about 3,000 workers waiting overnight to respond, while Westchester County police said it has extra officers working, in case there's flooding.
Officials are urging people to stay home, but if they must head out, they are cautioned to be aware of black ice on the roads.


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