CHICO, Calif. - On Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he and the governors of Oregon and Washington have issued travel advisories urging people entering their states or returning from travel outside those states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and with the recent travel advisory, people say this could impact their travel plans.
“I would not quarantine," said Chico resident, Josh Towers. "I don’t believe in it.”
“I think it is just a way to keep everyone safe and everyone should participate in it,” said Chico resident Sukui Knight.
“It makes sense, I guess," said Chico resident, Carli Pickard. "I kind of don’t like it but I guess we can’t do anything about it.”
Thursday, California became the second U.S. state to top one million coronavirus cases. Some people traveling for the holidays understand why this is a necessary step in order to slow the spread.
Others just want a sense of normalcy.
“I understand what they are saying but at the same time when are we going to start choosing quality of life over fear, you know what I mean," said Pickard. "It is really hard for people right now mentally. You need to take care of your mental state and we are just not doing that.”
Action News Now reached out to Shasta County Public Health’s, Kerri Schuette, to see if they think this will help slow the spread.
“Introducing more disease into our community by either traveling to other places or visiting with other people from other households or inviting other people into our county is going to make the problem worse," explained Schuette.
She added that people really need to be aware of avoiding large gatherings especially as we enter into the holiday season.
The CDC said COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person and the best way to protect yourself and others is to wear a mask, wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds and keep your distance. To learn more about Covid-19, click here.