AAA Colorado Excited After CDC OKs Travel Without Testing Inside U.S. For Those Fully Vaccinated

A spokesman for AAA Colorado says it is exciting news for the travel industry: people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now travel within the United States without testing or quarantining. That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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KAREN LEIGH: There's also new guidance for travelers who want to fly during this pandemic. It's part of Colorado's comeback. Good evening. Thanks for being with me. I'm Karen Leigh. The CDC says travelers who are fully vaccinated are less likely to get and spread COVID. More than 18% of Coloradans are now fully vaccinated. Shawn Chitnis joins us live at the airport with these new CDC guidelines. And Shawn, things are really starting to pick up out there.

SHAWN CHITNIS: Well, Karen, we had the chance to hear from some travelers who are coming in and out of Denver. They said they were surprised by how many people were here at the airport. Even with spring break and Easter, they were not expecting that. But whether you talk to travelers, or the experts in the industry, or even the CDC, the guidance is still the same, it's important to be cautious and safe as you make more plans for the year ahead.

More confidence for travelers as we enter a new month of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC says people who are fully vaccinated are at low risk of getting the virus and spreading it, so they don't need to get tested before and after their trip or self quarantine.

SKYLER MCKINLEY: This is exciting news. It's good for everybody who feels that we've been cooped up for a year. But we're not going to return to 2019 travel.

SHAWN CHITNIS: Travel is up 70% in 2021. AAA saying more people are getting out of town, not just by car but also on a plane.

LENA PRINGLE: While that light at the end of the tunnel may seem close, there's still a bunch of people that need to be vaccinated.

SHAWN CHITNIS: Travelers making it into Denver for the weekend say it's welcome news, but they hope everyone will still be safe.

GIANNI TURNER: I might [? travel ?] a little more but still wearing my mask and taking all of the precautions I was taking at the beginning of the pandemic for sure.

SHAWN CHITNIS: Which is why the CDC still calls for covering your face, keeping your distance, and constantly cleaning your hands.

GIANNI TURNER: If things continue to get better, I feel like I probably would be more open to travel.

SHAWN CHITNIS: And demand may not be able to keep up with supply, so plan early. It will take a few years for the industry to catch up on all those missed trips from the past year.

SKYLER MCKINLEY: If you're thinking about travel, and I'm thinking about travel, the odds are pretty good everybody else is also thinking about travel.

SHAWN CHITNIS: And we've heard this before when it's uncertain how things are going to work out in the travel industry, AAA saying, once again, it's time to think about getting a travel agent. They'll be able to help you navigate through some of the constantly changing regulations, and they might be able to give you an extra layer of protection if you have to change your trip. Reporting live tonight at DIA, Shawn Chitnis, Covering Colorado First.

-All right.