Rising COVID-19 cases continue to impact travel

Posted at 4:02 PM, Jul 01, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Because of rising COVID-19 cases in some states, a Lexington travel agent says many Kentuckians have changed their travel plans.

Avant Travel Agency Co-owner Darlene Sylvestri says the crucial role for travel agents is helping their clients navigate the coronavirus risks while on vacation.

"We need to make sure they're aware of what's open, what's not open," Sylvestri said. "Some of the spas have reduced services that they're offering. So again, we just need to make sure we manage their expectations."

Sylvestri says travelers are choosing family-owned homes or villas, instead of big resorts to avoid public spaces as much as possible.

While some Kentuckians are still willing to fly to hot spots like Florida and Texas, Sylvestri says most of her clients are sticking with destinations that are a few hours away.

"They're looking for resorts that have open spaces, a lot of outdoor activities, hiking, biking, skeet shooting," Sylvestri said.

If you do plan on flying, masks are required.

"Delta's been doing a great job at maintaining and keeping the capacity on their planes reduced," Sylvestryi noted. "Some of the other airlines are filling the planes. People are being contacted, letting them know and being told the plane is full if they want to change their plans they can."

And most resorts require masks in public spaces, too.