Spring Break continues to see passengers boarding planes across the States, many of which have been flocking to the Sunshine State. We saw a State of Emergency declared by Miami Beach with an 8PM curfew after hundreds of party goers blocked the streets amid scenes of revelry, which turned violent once the curfew was not respected. As reported on CNN, officers were forced to fire pepper balls into the swarm of party goers to help disperse them.
Throughout March the Transportation Security Administration saw numerous days of 1M+ passengers passing through its checkpoints; March 13th 2020 was the day that Pandemic restrictions were implemented, and we've seen passenger numbers equal the prior year. As per the TSA website numbers remain strong going into April, but are still way below the 2019 passenger numbers.
Florida is one State that has been booming, which has seen rental cars sell out quickly. Bookingclik continues to grow its supplier list to help you search for the cheapest rental rates out there. But with stock low, expect to pay a bit more until we see the car rental companies start to increase their fleet.
This travel increase may surprise some of you who have been following the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) advice - non-essential travel should be avoided. Rachel Walensky, CDC Director, said that although guidance for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume travel at low risk to themselves, it should still be avoided. Vaccinated travelers no longer have to follow the CDC's recommendations to get a COVID-19 test before and after travel unless required by the destination. They still need to wear masks and take other precautions. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended vaccine dose.
Ultimately, as the CDC issues guidance and not orders; it is up to the individual traveler to ensure they are doing everything they can to keep themselves safe, their families safe, and the public safe. With Florida Keys Airport putting a coronavirus-fighting robot on patrol to disinfect the interior of the airport, we hope to see other locations doing the same to help battle the pandemic.
Wear a face covering, sanitize your hands, keep your distance; but if you feel comfortable traveling and are confident that the travel providers are doing everything they can to protect you, that you've tested negative or are fully vaccinated, then you should do what is right for you.