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Record numbers expected to travel July 4th weekend despite pandemic

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 17:28:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With many local fireworks shows canceled due to COVID-19, more people may be hitting the road this weekend in search of some Fourth of July festivities.

According to a recent AAA survey, more than 40 percent of Florida’s travelers rescheduled trips from earlier this year due to the virus.

Some of them may be on the roads now, with more attractions and beaches reopening.

People we spoke with say they’re not sure whether they’d say it’s safe to travel again just yet.

“I won’t say it’s a bad idea, I won’t say it’s a good idea," said Kurtis Donaldson, a gas station patron. "But people know what’s going on. In order to stop the spread of this, people just have to be aware of certain situations and what’s going on. You don’t know who you come in contact with. You go to the store and a person may have it. You don’t know.”

AAA also expects this Fourth of July to be a record-breaking year for travel, with 41.4 million people traveling by car this year.