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Travel concerns spread following coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 7:16 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 20:16:19-05

KILLEEN, TX — Coronavirus is putting the brakes on travel plans for some families.

“There has been some cancellations due to it from some people that are concerned about it. It definitely has impacted our business,” said Kasey Snyder, manager of Casablanca Great Escapes in Killeen. She says they have had a cancellation daily this week and about 25-30 calls a day with questions.

“I think anybody who is planning on taking an international trip over this next spring break needs to be aware that while they are gone, the travel rules could change,” said Nim Kidd, Chief of Emergency Management for the State of Texas. He says travelers need to stay up-to-date on the CDC’s guidelines before packing their bags.

“We believe that the way to limit this the best we can is by reducing travel and flying only to places that are necessary,” said Kidd.

Many travelers have been seen wearing surgical masks in airports. Kidd says this will not help in keeping well people from becoming ill.

“Quit buying the masks. The masks are for the healthcare providers. Now a surgical mask placed on somebody that is sick and that is coughing or is sneezing can limit the spread but don’t be under the impression that if you’re wearing the mask it will keep you from getting sick,” said Kidd.

For those booking a trip for the future, Snyder says basic travel insurance will not cover cancellations due to the coronavirus. However there is supplemental insurance.

“Basically you can cancel for any reason but you don’t get monies back, you get travel credits back,” she said.