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DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Good Morning America Friday that the TSA was “ready” but travelers should expect lines.
“We’re very excited about the resurgence of travel and the chance for Americans to reunite with family and friends they haven’t seen in a while. … An enormous number of people will be traveling this weekend, ”Mayorkas said. “Patience is required.”
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines stating that fully vaccinated Americans can safely gather at any type of indoor or outdoor group meeting without a mask. AAA announced this month that more than 37 million people are expected to travel more than 50 miles on Memorial Day weekend, an increase of more than 60 percent from 2020.
Memorial Day weekend gas prices are higher than seven years from high demand and after the Colonial Pipeline shutdown earlier this month.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, in a statement Friday attempted to put prices in a more positive light, said Americans are now “paying less for gas in real terms than the average over the past 15 years.”
“The pandemic is on the decline across America,” said Psaki. “As we continue to make progress and our lives return to normal, Americans are eager to make up for lost time, and more people are traveling this Memorial Day weekend.”
President Joe Biden’s goal is that 70 percent of American adults will receive at least one dose of vaccine by July 4th.
“When you are vaccinated, you are protected and can enjoy your Memorial Day,” said CDC director Rochelle Walensky this week. But she added that unvaccinated people still need to mask and take precautions.