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Health officials advise unvaccinated Americans not to travel Labor Day weekend

Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 8:26 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Millions of Americans are expected to hit the road or take to the skies this holiday weekend, but doctors are urging those not vaccinated not to travel.

As hospitals continue to admit an influx of COVID-19 positive patients, infectious disease physician Dr. Thomas Ryan Gallaher is asking those who aren’t vaccinated to refrain from traveling.

“There’s some circumstances that you have to travel and you have to do it,” Gallaher said. “But be really careful and my advice, in general, is to not travel this weekend.”

According to a survey done by the Raleigh Durham International Airport, 79% of respondents felt safe traveling through airports in August. That’s a 54% increase from March.

Pitt-Greenville Airport Executive Director Bill Hopper says he anticipates a busy weekend. He says employees will sanitize high volume areas periodically.

“We do sanitize, spray and clean things off,” Hopper said. “We’re hyper sensitive about cleaning.”

Meanwhile, Ron Dixson, the owner of Flight Café, is excited for an influx of travelers. His restaurant was shut down for nine months due to the pandemic. He’s excited for an economic boost.

“It’s been difficult ever since March (2020),” Dixson said. “But we have been blessed to have business travelers who enjoy our cuisines and our entrees.”

Whether you’re traveling or not, Dr. Gallaher says the best way to stay safe is to get your vaccine.

Face masks are required in all airports. If travelers forget to bring one, PGV says disposable face masks will be available upon arrival.

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