AAA: Record Low Travel Expected for Memorial Day Weekend

AAA Mid-Atlantic is projecting record low Memorial Day travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, Maryland set a Memorial Day travel weekend with 918,000 Marylanders traveling 50 miles or more.

Officials say due to COVID-19, economic data used to create a travel forecast has been undermined. Therefore, an official forecast won’t be issued by AAA for the first time in 20 years.

Ragina C. Ali, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic said “Gas prices around Memorial Day have not been this cheap in nearly 20 years. However, as the country continues to practice social distancing, this year’s unofficial kick-off to summer is not going to drive the typical millions of Americans to travel.”

AAA says when travel is deemed safe again, vacationers will elect to travel by car, with air travel returning to popularity when international travel restrictions are lifted.