Tips For Getting Out In Washington On Labor Day 2021
Know what to expect when it comes to masks, gas costs, and other limitations as the delta variant loom over Labor Day travel plans.
SEATTLE (AP) — Many residents of the Evergreen State are planning road trips to celebrate the unofficial end of summer this Labor Day weekend, but getting out may be more difficult than you think.
Travel this summer rebounded with fury after more than a year in the doldrums of the coronavirus epidemic, with COVID-19 infections reaching lows not seen in months.
Over 10 million individuals passed through airport security checkpoints in the United States over the July 4 holiday weekend.
According to AAA projections, more than 47 million people were projected to travel throughout that holiday season.
This Labor Day, though, things may be different.
COVID- As the extremely contagious delta variant creeps across the United States, 19 infections are soaring again, averaging almost 140,000 new cases every day.
While some travelers are wondering whether or not to take that last summer vacation, a large number of people are traveling anyhow.
“Whether and how to travel is a very personal decision,” Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, stated in a news release.
People who had planned to travel are still going on their travels, but they are taking care to safeguard themselves and others.
“AAA advises the following ideas on how to prepare for a trip this Labor Day weekend, as well as ways to keep you and your family safe: Travelers’ Mask Recommendations
According to AAA, masks should be at the top of your packing list.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently amended its mask-wearing advice, encouraging all people over the age of 2 to wear masks inside in regions with high COVID-19 transmission regardless of vaccination status in areas with high COVID-19 transmission.
On flights, buses, trains, and other kinds of public transportation, you can expect to be required to wear a mask. Airports and train stations also require masks.
Checking local and state mask requirements and recommendations is also a useful rule of thumb.
The COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map from AAA might help you with this.
TripTik.AAA.com can also be used to plan a road trip and determine which rest stops, gas stations, restaurants, and motels are open along the way.
You’ll need a mask even if you’re not leaving Washington.
Gov. Jay Inslee has reinstated the mask requirement, which requires all people aged 5 and up to wear face
coverings in indoor public venues, regardless of immunization status.
If you’re traveling north, the Canadian border has reopened to vaccinated Americans.
International travel does, however, necessitate some planning.
Anyone flying into the United States, including US citizens and those who have been fully vaccinated, must
have a COVID-19 test result that is negative no more than three days prior to travel.
They can also demonstrate confirmation of recovery from COVID-19 in the previous three months before boarding a flight to the United States.
Taking Children on Vacation If you’re traveling with youngsters who haven’t yet had the COVID-19
vaccine, AAA advises avoiding crowds and close contact with other unvaccinated persons who aren’t
AAA recommends going by automobile or direct flight to limit your risk of exposure.
Pack food and drinks while going by automobile to reduce the number of stops along the way.
Washington’s Gas Prices
How much should you anticipate paying at the gas station?
According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas in Washington on Monday was $3.909.
The average price is changed every day.
You’re not alone if the price of gas gives you a sticker shock.
The national average was $3.18 a gallon as of Aug. 18, having reached its highest position so far this year.
According to AAA, the average has increased by $1.01 from a year earlier.
Pump prices are likely to change in the weeks leading up to Labor Day weekend due to high crude oil prices.
However, AAA expects that after the final holiday weekend of the summer, gas demand will drop significantly, giving American drivers some relief at the pump.