Officials urge staying close to home this holiday weekend

Traffic is expected to be so low that AAA will not be issuing a travel forecast.

Posted: May 22, 2020 7:25 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 9:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Some people are taking advantage of low gas prices to head out of town for the weekend. However, officials are urging people to stay home.

Travel is expected to be so low this weekend that for the first time in 20 years AAA isn't even issuing a travel forecast.

However, according to Memorial Day weekend gas prices are the lowest they've been since 2003 -- with the average price for Eugene just $2.29 a gallon and the lowest at $1.89.

Last year 43 million Americans travelled on this weekend with over half a million of those being Oregonians.

AAA said the data they would typically use to project these travel numbers has been undermined by the coronavirus.

Angela Beers-Seydel with the Oregon Department of Transportation says if people do head out, they'll find the roads look different because of construction and she urges them to take it easy.

"Everyone is a little more stressed right now, a little more distracted, and may not have driven a lot lately, so what we really want to do is remind people to take your time and enjoy that small slice of being normal in a car," she said.

Gov. Kate Brown along with 26 mayors encouraged people to not travel this weekend especially if you are sick. And if you are heading out, officials recommend staying close to home.

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