Possible Travel Ban Could Keep MA Residents from Traveling to Florida
The Biden Administration is considering imposing a new domestic travel ban that would include Florida and other popular travel destinations in the United State, Boston News 25 reports.
With COVID-19 numbers declining, travel within the United States, including air travel has started to increase with many people flying cold winter temperatures for the solace of sunshine in southern states such as Florida.
News 25 says according to published reports, the Biden Administration is considering implementing a domestic travel ban that would include Florida and other popular travel destinations. The Tribune News Service is reporting that two un-named federal authorities say the new Biden Administration is considering a domestic travel ban as a strategy against new strains of COVID-19."
In 2018 Florida set a new tourism record according to statistics from Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism organization. Florida welcomed 126.1 million out-of-state visitors last year, marking the eighth consecutive record year for the state and exceeding last year’s record 118.8 million visitors by 6.2 percent
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke out against the idea of the possible new travel ban
“It would be unconstitutional. It would be unwise, and it would be unjust,” DeSantis said. “We will oppose it 100 percent. It would not be based on science, it would purely be a political attack against the people of Florida.”
Florida is the number one domestic destination currently searched on the Travelzoo website, not only nationally but here in Massachusetts as well. Flights from nearby Bradley and Albany Internation Airports are an inexpensive, quick trip making it very popular for Baystate residents.
New England travelers with immediate Florida travel plans should be ok experts say, but travelers planning trips for later in the year should buy trip insurance, and keep an eye on the headlines.
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