BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The pandemic has not been slowing down travel this Thanksgiving, despite health experts asking people to stay home and avoid large gatherings.
Covid-19 cases are continuing to climb all over the country including here in Massachusetts. However, about 50 million people nationwide are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, most of them by car.
In Massachusetts, Hawaii and Vermont are the only states listed as lower risk.
All visitors entering Massachusetts or residents returning after the holiday must complete the Massachusetts travel form prior to arrival, unless coming from Hawaii or Vermont.
Travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative Covid-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in the state. Failure to comply with regulations may result in a $500 fine per day.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has been asking people to keep their celebrations to the immediate family to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
"This is not a year for big celebrations and gatherings, this is a year for just small groups of people in your home. We're in the midst of this pandemic and we've seen increases in the last 5 weeks here of numbers," Walsh said.
This Sunday is expected to be the busiest travel day for this holiday period.
Last week, the CDC urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with others outside of their household. The CDC did however release safety recommendations on its website for those who do.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports