President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday said the government is considering domestic travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic and added United Kingdom and Irelandto the Europe travel restrictions that went into effect late Friday.
They did not offer specifics ondomestic flight restrictions but Trump said earlier this week that they would be considered if “an area gets a little bit out of control” in terms of coronavirus cases.
Pence said at a White House news conference Saturday that a “broad range of measures” are under consideration.
“But no decisions have been made yet,” he said.
Asked if people should be traveling, Trump recommended against it.
“If you don’t have to travel I wouldn’t do it,” he said. “We want this thing to end. We don’t want a lot of people getting infected.”
Extensive domestic flight restrictions would further cripple an already struggling US airline industry and lead to more flight cuts. Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, might face a disproportionate hit, though CEO Gary Kelly has already said the airline has seen a “9/11-like” drop in bookings even without serving Asia or Europe.