SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – As new COVID-19 cases continue to plunge and restrictions mostly lifted, thousands of San Francisco Bay residents will take to the roads or join the long lines at airports Friday to take advantage of Memorial Day weekend.
For those who enjoy a stay, a trip to the beach may be in store as forecasters have warned temperatures in the bay area will climb to triple digits by Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a heat hazard advisory for the holidays.
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Travelers began to congregate at Oakland International Airport early Friday morning and lines are expected to increase, with at least 30,000 lines expected to pass through the terminals.
Among them was Dashara Smart, who was traveling with her two young children.
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“It’s a breath of fresh air,” she said of travel after months of restrictions on COVID-19. “The babies are so happy. This is the first time they have flown. They are so excited. They are taking vacations.
Lisa Delemark echoed these sentiments.
“It feels good to get out of town,” she told KPIX 5. “To get out of the zip code. So we’re excited about it … I can’t wait to see the in-laws and aunts that have been kidnapped for all these months and see some old friends and maybe just have a drink and cuddle.
Dominique was traveling to Phoenix.
“Everyone wants to get out of the house,” he says. “I work from home, so I can’t wait to get away from it all.”
For residents of the San Francisco Bay Area traveling on the roads, AAA officials in northern California have said they are prepared to tackle crowded freeways on the way to Lake Tahoe and other getaways.
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The agency expects more than 37 million people to travel 50 miles or more from their homes for the Memorial Day vacation – a 60% increase from 2020, when just 23 million people traveled, the lowest on record since AAA started tracking travel data in 2000.