LOWELL – Way more Individuals will journey for the second Memorial Day through the COVID-19 period than did final yr, although general volumes will seemingly stay beneath pre-pandemic ranges, in keeping with new projections from AAA Journey.
The group expects greater than 37 million individuals to journey 50 miles or extra from their houses between Could 27 and Could 31, a rise of 60 p.c over the same span in 2020 and 13 p.c lower than in 2019.
In Massachusetts, AAA Northeast expects greater than 900,000 residents to journey round Memorial Day, a major enhance from the 561,000 who traveled for the vacation weekend in 2020.
“As extra individuals get the COVID-19 vaccine and shopper confidence grows, Individuals are demonstrating a powerful want to journey this Memorial Day,” stated AAA Northeast Director of Public and Authorities Affairs Mary Maguire. “This pent-up demand will lead to a major enhance in Memorial Day journey, which is a powerful indicator for summer time, although we should all keep in mind to proceed taking vital security precautions.”
Many of the journey will happen by automobile, AAA initiatives, with 2.5 million Individuals set to board planes — an almost sixfold enhance over final yr — in comparison with 34 million who’re planning street journeys. AAA officers stated journey volumes may fluctuate based mostly on public well being developments within the subsequent few weeks, notably if COVID-19 variants drive a major enhance in confirmed instances.