Memorial Day will come back in style a year after the lockdown of the coronavirus saw a surprisingly quiet start to the summer.
More than 37.1 million Americans are expected to hit the road and air this weekend – a 60 percent increase from the only 23.1 million people who ventured more than 50 miles from home in 2020 for the vacation, according to transport analysis company Inrix and AAA.
Road traffic will be king by 2021, according to the firms’ survey, which predicts 34.4 million of the 37.1 million travelers will drive – up from 22.6 million last year.
In total, 2.5 million people are expected to fly, which would be six times as many as in 2020, when 363,000 people passed airports.
About 237,000 Americans are expected to travel by other modes of transport, including bus and train, which would be the second lowest volume ever recorded by beating 185,000 travelers in 2020.
If predictions are accurate, every holiday Memorial Day will continue a nationwide surge in the number of travelers since the pandemic forced stay-at-home orders.
Last year, most Americans didn’t travel more than 10 miles.
More than 37.1 million Americans are expected to hit the road and take to the skies this Memorial Day weekend – a 60 percent increase from the only 23.1 million people who ventured more than 80 miles from home for the holidays in 2020
Beaches like the one above in Santa Monica were empty last Memorial Day, but there is expected to be an influx of visitors this year as America emerges from the pandemic
Estimates and figures compiled by AAA and Inrix
The overall projected increase over last year’s vacation travel is still about 13 percent less – or nearly 6 million fewer people – than pre-pandemic conditions in 2019, according to AAA and Inrix.
Memorial Day road trips are expected to decrease from the 37.6 million road trips in 2019, the number of flights of 3.2 million and bus and train trips of 1.9 million.
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The COVID-19 vaccine – which, according to President Joe Biden, has been given to more than 50 percent of adults in the country – is the biggest reason for the expected increase in travel this year, according to Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel.
“As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and consumer confidence grows, Americans are showing a strong desire to travel this Memorial Day,” Twidale said.
“This pent-up demand will result in a significant increase in Memorial Day travel, which is a strong indicator of summer, although we should all remember to keep taking important safety precautions.”
Inrix’s Mark Burfeind, who studies transportation analytics, said he expects the highest volume on the roads to be mid to late afternoon, so he said it’s best for drivers to leave no later than lunchtime to avoid traffic. defeat.
Travel is largely possible in 2021 thanks to the coronavirus vaccine.
More than half of American adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and about 62 percent more have had their first dose.
While vaccination coverage varies widely by state, 25 states and the District of Columbia have at least half of their adult population fully vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recently said that fully vaccinated people can travel domestically at a “ low risk ” to themselves, while taking proper precautions.
For those who aren’t vaccinated but choose to travel, the CDC recommends socializing, wearing a mask, washing hands, and getting tested before and after traveling.
Masks are still required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation in the US, as well as transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.
While the Memorial Day weekend was unusually quiet last year, it saw a spark in movement to levels not seen since the pandemic started in March 2020.
Mobile phone data from AppleThe COVID-19 report on mobility trends found that the number of people driving across the US rose by more than 25 percent on Saturdays alone.
The number of people walking out also increased on Saturday to levels not seen since mid-March, when stay-at-home orders were introduced in most of the country.
In some states – such as Missouri and Mississippi – weekend driving has soared to levels not seen since January 2020.
In comparison, the number of people driving and walking around dropped by nearly 70 percent at the peak of the pandemic in early April 2020. The data shows a gradual increase in the number of people moving since then.
It came when all 50 states began to at least partially lift the lockdown measures put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus, leading some health officials to fear that such an increase in mobility could potentially result in a second wave. of outbreaks.
But this year – when many states have no restrictions at all and restrictions in others scarce – those fears are no longer present thanks to the high vaccination coverage.
While the Memorial Day weekend was unusually quiet last year, it saw a spark in movement to levels not seen since the pandemic started in March 2020. Cell phone data from Apple’s COVID-19 mobility trends report showed that the number of people who run over the US rose by more than 25 percent on Saturday alone
Several cell phone tracking data collected by Cuebiq showed that a cluster of southern US states are the areas that saw the most movement among its residents during Memorial Day weekend in 2020. An analysis of that data showed that the top 10 states with the most movement over the weekend were contiguous areas mostly in the south