Tracking Thanksgiving travel, COVID precautions from the Rochester airport

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — At the Frederick Douglass – Greater Rochester International Airport, it was less crowded at 5 a.m. Wednesday compared to years past, but it seems it was the time most people were arriving at the airport to fly out. 

This year because of Covid-19, many people are staying home or driving rather than flying. But that is not stopping Julian Lavoy, of Rochester, from flying to see family in Puerto Rico.

“Kind of but excited at the same time,” said Lavoy.  “ I haven’t gone to Puerto Rico since a year ago and want to visit my family and stuff.”

Julian’s flight left at 6:00 Wednesday morning.  He said the pandemic protocols at the airport and planes made him feel comfortable to fly. His father Javier Lavoy, who is staying here for the holiday, is still worried as a parent even with so many safety health measures in place.

“Aun así como quiera, uno se llena de preocupación.  A el, yo lo oriento, tiene que llevar su mascarilla en todo momento, lavarse las manos. Le dije que evitará entrar a los baños,” said Javier Lavoy. 

There were about a dozen flights that were scheduled to depart Wednesday morning. 8:38 a.m. a busy flight map showed all the airplanes in the sky, according to the website Flight Aware. 

The CDC is still urging people not to travel during the holiday weekend. The organization says travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. 

The CDC is concerned about infecting others, especially those who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus during these travels or gatherings. 

There are concerns of overwhelming hospitals locally and final destination cities because of the holiday travels.

But if you still on planning to travel today or this week, the Centers for Disease Control has a checklist:

  • Check travel restrictions before leaving
  • Get your flu shot before you travel
  • Always wear a mask
  • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone who does not live with you
  • Bring extra supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer
  • And wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer

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