GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Historically, Thanksgiving sets record breaking travel numbers. In 2019, according to AAA, more than 55 million travelers hit the roads or skies for the holiday. However, this year, there is no surprise that Thanksgiving may look a little different.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, asks, “do you want people to travel, to spend time in a crowded airport, to get on a plane, and to maybe not have time for quarantining after they get here?” Dr. Fauci strongly urges Americans to forgo the holiday gatherings with loved ones this year, and in addition, Colorado’s Governor, Jared Polis, says if you cannot properly quarantine “not to play Russian Roulette over Thanksgiving.” He adds, “you wouldn’t do it with a gun and you shouldn’t do it with a virus.”
Still, despite COVID-19, a recent poll, conducted by Wexner Medical Center, reports nearly 40% of Americans are likely to attend a holiday gathering with more than 10 people, and locally in Grand Junction, next Thursday many people plan on having a quieter feast. However, one man visiting the Grand Valley from Aspen says he may be inviting a few friends. Dan, from Aspen, adds, “the one person we have coming, so far, is like family, and we still might invite some other people.”
And for those who won’t see their families this Thanksgiving, ZOOM, a video chat service, is nixing the time limit for video calls this holiday. Therefore, you can chat with grandparents, aunts and uncles, or friends for as long as you want next Thursday.