LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — In 2019, over Memorial Day Weekend, 43 million people traveled, the second-largest number ever recorded by AAA. But this year, they expect very low numbers.
"It's hard to tell this year because of the COVID-19, we didn't have the usual planning and those sorts of things that kind of give us a tip-off," Lori Weaver Hawkins, said
For that reason, for the first time in 20 years, AAA is not issuing a Memorial Day travel forecast, which estimates the number of travelers over the weekend.
Even though the travel ban in Kentucky expires on Friday, AAA says many will hold off on traveling until the end of summer or fall.
"It's all dependent on what happens with COVID-19, which is why it's very difficult to do any kind of forecast right now because businesses are just starting to reopen," Hawkins said.
Hawkins says AAA predicts people will choose a destination in their backyard. "Not so much foreign travel, but staying within domestic travel, taking those road trips, I think those will probably be very popular once we feel that we can do so safely," Hawkins said.