Pandemic protocols, traffic expectations to keep in mind for your Labor Day weekend travel

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Many are gearing up to fly the friendly skies or hit the open roads this Labor Day weekend, but before heading out the door for your trip, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport says they expect to see a bump in travelers this holiday weekend as people try to squeeze that last summer trip before rolling into the fall season.

According to airport officials, ROA is running between 85 and 90 percent of passenger traffic most of the summer. However, due to the delta variant of the coronavirus, they aren’t seeing as many business travelers as they did before the pandemic.

If you plan on traveling by plane this Labor Day weekend, here are a few reminders for your trip:

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least six feet from anyone not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will temporarily suspend many highway work zones and life most lane closures on interstates and other major Virginia roads from noon on Friday, Sept. 3 until noon on Tuesday, Sept. 7 in order to ease some traffic woes.

Holiday travelers may also be interested in checking out VDOT’s interactive travel-trends map. This tool can be helpful in planning your trip before you even get in the car.

VDOT also reminds travelers that traffic usually gets congested between noon and 6 p.m. on Friday and Monday, Sept. 6. In addition, travel to Virginia Beach is likely to be congested mid-morning to evening on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Keep in mind, though, that Virginia State Police will be conducting traffic safety and enforcement patrols from 12:01 a.m. on Friday through midnight on Monday to help reduce the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries.

Law enforcement will also combat drunk driving during the holiday weekend through sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols as part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI campaign.

When traveling, make sure to know your destination’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. Also, get tested one to three days before your trip, as well as three to five days after.

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