PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Tens of millions of Americans are traveling during this holiday week.
From the weather and traffic outlooks to the current COVID-19 rules and regulations, below are some resources and important information for those looking to hit the road for the final days of 2021:
AAA anticipated over 109 million Americans would travel 50 or more miles between Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. They recommend that drivers avoid peak travel times if possible, and fliers give themselves plenty of time at the airport since there could be long lines.
Masks are required on all forms of public transportation and at indoor travel hubs like T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. While there aren’t many restrictions in place at this time in terms of domestic travel, people arriving from outside the country must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day prior.
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation says PVD Care Kits containing masks and hand sanitizer are available at all service counters at T.F. Green. The airport also offers free testing at the first-floor baggage claim area from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights, citing staffing problems tied to COVID-19, extending beyond the holidays, with no clear indication when normal schedules would resume. It’s important to check the status of your flight before heading to the airport.
The CDC recommends delaying travel until fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as staying informed of the situation at your destination. Those who are not vaccinated are urged to get tested before and after travel.