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Central Illinois travel industry welcomes new CDC guidance

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- New CDC guidance issued Friday said those who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States.

CDC Director Rochelle Wallensky made the announcement during a White House COVID Task Force meeting.

"This is a pivotal moment for our country…we are better equipped than ever before to take on these serious challenges but we must remain vigilant," said Wallensky.

The agency said fully vaccinated domestic travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel, nor do they need to quarantine.

For international travel, if you are coming to the US, the CDC said those who are vaccinated should still get tested before and after you arrive. However, there is no need to quarantine.

Fully vaccinated means it has been two weeks after someone's second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The guidance was welcome news to the travel industry in Central Illinois.

"That means a lot, we know there's anxious people who are ready to travel and book," said Marci McCarrey with Peoria Charter Travel.

Fran Strebing with Central Illinois Regional Airport said they have already started seeing air travel pick up.

"This is exciting because it helps give people guidance, gives them confidence and that they can travel again, and that there are recommendations on how to proceed," said Stebring.

It's important to note that despite the new guidance, the CDC still recommended against non-essential travel, citing rising case numbers throughout the US.

Andy Weber

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