Londoners take flight admist COVID-19 concerns

With March Break about to start, some people from London, Ont., are not letting COVID-19 derail their travel plans.

Global News spoke to some travelers at the London International Airport who were on their way to Florida and Abbotsford about their travel plans and novel coronavirus concerns.

Nikki Bertoia is headed to Florida with her daughter and husband and says they can’t wait to start enjoying the beach and sun.

“We have to carry on and enjoy. We can’t run around scared all the time,” she said.

But Bertoia said travelling is not without its concerns, and they are being cautious and aware of what they touch and being diligent with hand washing.

“My carry-on has a whole lot of sanitation products in it, everything from Clorox wipes to hand sanitizer and my own paper towels.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 1,215 cases of the new coronavirus in the United States and 26 cases in Florida.

Wednesday, the U.S. issued a ban on all foreign citizens entering the country if they have been in Europe in the past several weeks. The decision comes after COVID-19 spread quickly across the European continent.

Tricia Shoniker and her two children are on their way to Abbotsford B.C. to visit family and do some hiking over March Break.

She said they have concerns, but they are trying to be reasonable.

She said the family has stocked up on hand sanitizer, and they have wet wipes to clean off the surfaces around them.

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