The rise was led by Maryland, which registered 2,885 new cases Saturday, a 23 percent jump from the day before. DC had 153 new cases, an increase of 18 percent, while Virginia’s daily case number dropped by about 8 percent to 2,348.
With coronavirus in mind, AAA researched people about their Thanksgiving travel plans and found that:
• In DC, 83 percent of the population said they would not travel for the holidays, with 65 percent of them saying it was due to the pandemic.
• In Virginia, 84 percent of the population said they would stay home, while 41
• In Maryland, 89 percent of residents said they did not travel Thursday, and 50 percent said it was because of the virus.
“Contrary to two competing emotions at once – nostalgia and family love, which is natural and instinctive – fewer Washington residents choose to travel home to traditional Thanksgiving Day family reunions during the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic this year,” AAA said in a statement.
Residents in the DC area largely follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has recommended against Thanksgiving travel. More than 85 percent of respondents in all three jurisdictions said they perceive travel during the pandemic as a risk. Of those still planning to travel, more than 60 percent plan to drive, according to the survey conducted 12-13. November.
“Given the recent rise in covid-19 and the strong call from public health officials for everyone to stay home for the holidays, the Thanksgiving landscape continues to change,” said John B. Townsend II, spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
“I hope people across the country are staying locally,” said Clifford Mitchell, director of the Environmental Health Bureau of the Maryland Department of Health. “It simply came to our notice then. That’s the best we can all do. ”
In addition, states and counties have adopted several restrictions that went into effect this weekend.
Prince George’s County imposed a curfew over the weekend at National Harbor, which began Friday at 7 p.m. 17 for unaccompanied minors. It came after county director Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) said large groups of young people gathered in the area, including in hotels where parents have rented rooms to their children to host parties.
The curfew applies from kl. 17 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 6 next morning for persons under 17 who are without an adult. Minors accompanied by adults are exempt from the curfew.
And across the state, an order from government Larry Hogan (R), which went into effect Friday, is squeezing down the time restaurants and bars can operate and how many people are allowed in shops and religious facilities.
The order requires bars and restaurants in Maryland to close at 6 p.m. 22 for indoor service and reduces capacity in shops, religious facilities, gyms, personal service facilities and bowling alleys to 50 percent.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) also introduced several restrictions on eating, gatherings and masking that came into force recently in a move to get a better grip on the virus.