A lot of touring for the holidays, despite COVID surge and warnings from the CDC

Several travelers say they haven’t observed their households in months. With their masks on and bags in hand, they created their way to their planes.

NORFOLK, Va. — Following a really hard year, folks say that all they want to do is invest the holiday seasons with their family members.

Traveler Rick Specht explained, “It’s just exclusive, due to the fact I’m not household a whole lot in any case so any possibility to get household is super crucial to me.”

At Norfolk Global Airport, officers say Tuesday is expected to be the busiest journey day since the pandemic commenced!

“It’s been a even though considering the fact that I have been in a position to see my household. I’m just all set to get back again home,” explained traveler Kenneth Manning.

Many tourists say they haven’t seen their family members in months. With their masks on and baggage in hand, they made their way to their planes.

“It’s been very tough staying absent. It does not assistance that they are not seriously in a position to journey just for the reason that all of the COVID,” Manning mentioned.

Airport officials say the strains stayed hectic all day at baggage declare and TSA.

“We are expecting above 4,000 travellers to fly out right now,” stated Steve Sterling.

Sterling is Norfolk Airport Authority Deputy Govt Director. He said while they are seeing a peak in touring this 7 days, the airport is nonetheless looking at lower travel numbers for the year.

“Year over calendar year we are down about 50 percent, so this time previous yr, we experienced most likely pretty much double the quantity of vacationers that we are getting nowadays but even now, rather talking through the pandemic times, we are getting a incredibly chaotic day today,” he said.

Sterling said he expects yet another small peak up coming week as individuals make their way back to Hampton Roads just after spending the holidays with loved ones.

“I’ll commit a week with them and I’ll occur back again soon after the New 12 months,” explained Specht.


If you are driving instead of traveling this calendar year, VDOT mentioned buckle up and really don’t drive distracted.

  • VDOT will carry most lane closures from noon on Thursday, Dec. 24, right up until noon on Monday, Dec. 28.
  • While the lane closure elevate is in influence for most spots, motorists may possibly experience semi-permanent work zones that continue being in place through this time.
  • Throughout the holiday weekend, with the prospective for much more autos and people on the highway, motorists are reminded to operate their automobiles at a safe and sound speed. Let extra time to get to your place, if you need to travel.
  • VDOT’s free of charge mobile 511 app, obtainable on the net, gives information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion as nicely as accessibility to website traffic cameras, temperature and a lot more. Traffic info is also readily available at 511Virginia.org, or by calling 511 from any cellphone.
  • Owing to COVID-19 site visitors quantity and travel designs are varying widely from historical data, it is uncertain how targeted visitors volumes may impact roadways through this holiday getaway interval. Make sure you check Virginia 511 prior to departing on your vacation.
  • I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV Diamond Lanes and 64 Categorical Lanes – HOV limits and convey lanes tolls will be lifted on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. The 64 Express Lanes in Norfolk are no cost and open to motorists outdoors of regular working hrs, like Sundays.