Jacksonville, FL — Ahead of Labor Day, America’s top physician, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned travel and plans over the holiday weekend could cause a surge in coronavirus cases.
Leaders at the Jacksonville International Airport told Action News Jax the number of passengers traveling is down 70% from Labor Day 2019.
Thursday, the airport saw 4,000 outgoing passengers in a single day for the first time since March.
Traveler Debbie Walker said she and her friends have been avoiding airplanes.
“I had a whole bunch of people planning on visiting me in March, didn’t happen,” Walker said.
She flew out over the holiday weekend for her son’s wedding.
Fauci said Labor Day would cause a spike in cases if activities are similar to Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
“The crowds on the beach were insane,” Walker said. “There were like six tents with like 50 people altogether. People weren’t being smart in May, June, and July. I’m not surprised it got worse.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday released a new ad encouraging Floridians to explore their own state and help the tourism industry recover from the crippling coronavirus hit.
Traveler Samuel Jefferies said, “More people, more fun, more income for the states, more jobs for the state.”
According to AAA, families are opting for road trips as a safer alternative.
Nationally the cost of gas is down .35 cents from Labor Day 2019.
Duval drivers could fill up for an average $2.17 a gallon.
Across Florida the average price per gallon was $2.19.
Walker opted for air travel and wasn’t worried about COVID-19.
“I think if people just stay apart and don’t cough and sneeze on someone that you’ll be okay,” Walker said.
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