SALT LAKE CITY — The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention introduced new journey pointers for totally vaccinated folks Friday, loosening a few of the restrictions which have been in place for months.
The CDC’s new pointers come as extra folks journey out and in of Utah for spring break and the Easter vacation weekend. Nancy Volmer, a spokesperson for the Salt Lake Metropolis Worldwide Airport, mentioned numbers are up from this time final yr.
“We’ve been averaging about 20,000 folks coming by means of the entrance door [every day],” Volmer mentioned. “That is not fairly as much as the pre-pandemic ranges, however it’s getting shut.”
She mentioned each day site visitors is barely down about 6,000 folks per day from 2019. Volmer expects the brand new pointers from the CDC will draw extra folks in.
“Simply having extra folks vaccinated will add to that consolation stage for individuals who are already touring, however then for individuals who have perhaps been hesitant to journey, it’s going to truly make them really feel just a little extra comfy,” she added.
On Friday morning, the CDC introduced that totally vaccinated folks will now not have to get a COVID-19 check earlier than or after journey inside the U.S., stating, “totally vaccinated vacationers are much less prone to get and unfold COVID-19.”
Absolutely vaccinated U.S. residents touring internationally will not want to indicate a damaging check to get again into the nation, and other people will now not have to quarantine after attending to their vacation spot contained in the nation, or when coming back from worldwide journey.
The CDC suggests avoiding worldwide journey for individuals who should not vaccinated, and it’s persevering with to push masks sporting, social distancing and diligent hand washing.
“I feel it in all probability makes it way more enjoyable to know that after you are vaccinated and you’ve got had your two-week interval, journey or being round family and friends is far much less problematic,” mentioned Audrey Simons, who was visiting Utah from Los Angeles together with her household.
The brand new pointers solely apply to people who find themselves two weeks out from receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Volmer mentioned no matter whether or not they’re vaccinated, vacationers ought to stay diligent with well being security protocols.
“We have achieved every thing from including plexiglass shields to extra hand sanitizer stations,” she mentioned. “You already know, we have added the reminders to bodily distance, after all face masks are required whereas touring by means of the airport or on an airplane.”
FOX 13 spoke with just a few folks touring by means of the Salt Lake Metropolis Worldwide Airport Friday who mentioned the brand new guidelines make it really feel like life is starting to get again to regular.
“It is information to us as a result of we have been flying since 6 a.m.,” mentioned Greg Congdon. “However that sounds actually good!”
“I feel it is a good factor as a result of, like, I feel this COVID state of affairs just about has folks in jail,” mentioned Ethan Archer. “And just about, like, cease folks from…residing the life they need to reside.”
Volmer mentioned the airport expects numbers to be at 85% of pre-pandemic ranges by Could, and exceeding these ranges come summer season.