Millions of Americans are on Christmas vacation despite the coronavirus

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Millions of Americans will vacation according to their plans, including flights across the United States, including visits to tourist areas, and their participation in festive meals, despite the escalation of the transmission of Omicron strains, forces them to update some of their plans during their flights.

Debbie Rodriguez said she thought “for a long time” about canceling plans for this year’s Christmas family trip to New York, before making a last-minute choice yesterday to travel from Houston.

“We just decided we would not live in fear,” said Rodriguez, 48, as she waited for her luggage at New York’s LaGuardia Airport with her husband and two children.

Rodriguez and her fully-fledged family had planned to attend “the Rockettes’ Christmas show,” an annual music festival show at Radio City Hall in New York, before the event was canceled due to an outcry. by COVID-19. Thus, they will visit tourist attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, but also Central Park.

Tomorrow’s Christmas Day, they will dine inside a restaurant in Haarlem, isolated from the crowds, and then visit the Empire State Building, she said.

Outbreaks of COVID-19 have risen in the United States in recent days by about 73% of all infections nationwide, but even by 90% of all cases in some areas, such as the eastern United States. states, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean.

As Americans rush to take diagnostic tests for COVID-19 and decide on how to follow health guidelines in order to meet other people for the second Christmas plagued by the pandemic, there are many who want to defy it. latest increase in cases and take part in the traditional celebration of Christmas, such as their participation in religious events, but meals outside their home (https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-testing-struggles- keep-up-with-omicron-2021-12-22).

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration conducted 2,081,297 passenger checks at U.S. airports, an increase of 144,000 passengers, compared to the number of passengers checked before the pandemic on the same day in 2019.

The Divine Liturgy for Christmas will be celebrated in all the churches and parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which includes more than 2.3 million Roman Catholics in ten counties, according to Communications Director Joseph Zwilling.

No new restrictions will be imposed because of Omicron, but Zwilling said the Archdiocese will continue to demand the use of a mask, as well as social distancing measures, as it did last year. “The measures that are being implemented are paying off,” he said.

Two Michelin-starred restaurants in Washington, DC, Kinship and Metier, have reservations for all their tables, as well as waiting lists for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, according to the chef and owner. Eric Zimbold. At the same time, the orders for meals for Christmas have increased, while it is too early to say the same for New Year’s Eve, he said.

“The guests want to spend the first vacation before focusing on the next, as the details of the Omicron variant are announced daily,” he said.

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