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COVID-19 travel restrictions go into effect

Posted at 12:33 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 15:25:50-04

SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump has issued a 30-day travel ban. Starting Friday, most of Europe will not be able to travel to the United States.

People at the Salt Lake City International Airport tell us, whether or not travel is restricted, it’s best for everyone to take precautions.

FOX 13 spoke with a number of people at the airport who say everything seems normal for the most part, except more people are cleaning their seats and table trays on the planes.

“I have wipes, so I wipe down. Clorox wipes to wipe down the seat. I have hand sanitizer. This is mostly to keep me from touching my face,” said Martha McMullin.

Paul Christensen is arriving home after spending time in the Philippines.

“When I get back to Idaho, I’m going to essentially self-quarantine myself for two to three weeks,” said Christensen.

He says while it’s important to take precautions for the coronavirus, he doesn’t think the new travel ban will work.

“That’s ridiculous, [President Trump] says he’s blocking all travel from Europe except American citizens. Well, American citizens can carry the virus just as well as anybody else,” said Christensen.

For those who are traveling, people at the airport say they’ve noticed more people taking precautions.

“A lot of cleaning, I travel a lot for business and a lot more hand sanitizer, wiping down the entire seating area, which I did too, I’ve never done before but I did it now since my wife suggested it,” said Pat Jaeger.

While all the precautions people are taking are great, McMullin says she thinks it’s probably best to avoid the airport altogether.

“I think that if you don’t have to I’d stay home,” said McMullin.

For now, traffic at the Salt Lake City International Airport seems to be flowing like normal, but with more and more organizations canceling events and places closing, that could affect many people’s travel plans.