Julia_Sudnitskaya/iStockBy MINA KAJI, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Millions are projected to travel this holiday weekend despite COVID-19 concerns. Labor Day flight bookings are only around a third of what they were last year, according to data analysis from travel itinerary app TripIt, but reservations to Florida have jumped 200 percent.“Florida is this year’s hot spot,” TripIt said in its findings. Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale are all listed among TripIt’s top 25 Labor Day travel destinations as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists the Sunshine State as having the second highest total number of COVID-19 cases in the country.Matthew Meltzer, a freelance travel writer, is flying from Louisville, Kentucky, to Miami this weekend to visit friends.“I understand there’s a lot of cases, but it’s just a risk you run,” Meltzer told ABC News. “Life is full of risks.”The flight to Miami will be Meltzer’s fourth trip on an airplane since he left Europe in March.“It’s the only place to go where they really are militant about making everyone wear a mask,” he said. “They obsessively wipe everything down.”Twenty-four-year-old Mollie Markey of Portland, Oregon, is taking her first flight amid the pandemic – heading to Los Angeles Thursday to celebrate a birthday alongside seven of her friends from college in Palm Springs, California.California has had the highest total number of COVID-19 cases out of any state in the U.S., according to the CDC.“I know our physical health is just as important, but for me right now, it’s prioritizing my mental health,” Markey said. “To be able to get out and be with people that I really care about.”Markey and her friends all got tested for the virus last week and plan on getting tested when they return home.Testing has even given some Labor Day holiday travelers enough confidence to venture outside of the U.S for the long weekend.Sonya Castellanos, 36, is getting a COVID-19 test before flying from Los Angeles to Cancun, Mexico, for a scuba diving trip.“I went camping in an RV last week and it was great, but I’m ready to go scuba diving,” Castellanos said. “I have done everything that I could possibly do – I’ve gone paddleboarding like every week, I’ve done crazy expensive hikings, I quit my gym and bought a Peloton, but this is it. Six months is it for me.”Pittsburgh-based travel agent Mollie Fitzgerald of Frontiers International Travel told ABC News that while bookings are considerably down she is seeing some people that are “just dying to go somewhere.”“I see people craving big wide open spaces, being in the outdoors,” Fitzgerald said. “And I think some people are using the Labor Day weekend to get together as a family, and plan for the future, plan the big trip, you know, a bucket list trip for 2021.”Experts are concerned the uptick in travel might translate to a surge in COVID-19 cases.“It’s very predictable,” ABC News contributor Dr. John Brownstein, chief innovation officer for the Boston Children’s Hospital and a professor of epidemiology at Harvard Medical School, said. “Major holidays, where people are moving — increases in mobility lead to transmission, and you see cases start to surge two weeks later. We saw that with Memorial Day and we saw that with July 4. Unfortunately, we’re sort of saying the same thing over and over again — just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean that you should stop doing the things that we’ve been doing.”On top of following CDC guidelines on masks and social distancing, Brownstein says the big thing is for travelers who are returning home to consult with their local public health officials about quarantine rules.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Sharing is caring! 23 Views no discussions Share Share LocalNews DAPD wants government to make life in the city more friendly. by: – April 7, 2011 Tweet Photo credit: Living with Cerebral PalsyA disabled individual is calling on the Roosevelt Skerrit led administration to move quickly to make life easier for people living with disabilities in Dominica.Former cricketer Alexander St Louis was paralyzed two years ago after falling from a tree. He said access to pubic buildings is among challenges faced by disabled people.“There are a lot of keep clear in the city and it is making things very difficult to move around. I have been having a lot of problems moving around the city. Sometimes you want to go to the supermarket and the doctor and it’s difficult,” he said.St Louis is suggested a specific card for disabled persons to give priority at the doctor’s office and other businesses.“That card would ensure that the disabled are given priority over those who are healthier than us. Also I think that a wheelchair sign should be given to people who are wheelchair bound to attach to their vehicle.In the grocery stores, the managers should also have a wheelchair sign so that we won’t follow the normal line.” he added.Dominica Vibes News Share
Robert L Martin, aka Bob Shannon, from WSCH radio, 70, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on New Year’s Day at his Hogan Township home following a battle against lung cancer.He was born December 21, 1948 in Bellview, KY, son of the late James Martin and Mildred (Deitz) Martin. Bob served in the United States Army in 1969 and 1970, during the Vietnam War, earning a combat infantryman badge for his service.Bob had a 44 year career in local radio, most of which was with Eagle 99.3. Being on the local radio for years, Bob had already become an inextricable part of the fabric of southeastern Indiana. In 2016, he was chosen to be an honorary torchbearer during the State of Indiana’s bicentennial torch relay through Dearborn County. He was also inducted into the Southeastern Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame as an honorary member in 2005.He loved working around the house and doing yard work. Bob loved animals, especially his dogs, Gabby & Alex. He had an awesome sense of humor, and was very witty. Bob will be greatly missed.Bob is survived by his companion, Judy Ostendorf of Aurora, IN; siblings, Dennis (Sue) Martin of Mason, OH, Carolyn (Ray) Boughner of Ft. Thomas, KY, Cheryl Heuser of Crestview Hills, KY; step daughters, Chris Ostendorf of Lawrenceburg, IN, Julie Washnock of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Kyle Washnock of San Antonio, TX, John Beckelhymer of Cincinnati, OH.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to the PAWS or Dearborn County Historical Society. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.