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Lifting of quarantine order could lead to more North Dakotans traveling

Sep 23, 2020

North Dakota’s interim state Health Officer has lifted the 14-day quarantine order for those returning to the state from international travel.

And some travel agents are glad to hear it.

Dr. Paul Mariani says his action follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control.

"People are ready to start traveling," said Mark Haley of Bon Voyage Travel Leaders of Grand Forks.  "Maybe not to Europe, but to the Caribbean and Mexico."

Haley said people would take a week off of work to go on a trip, but canceled after finding out they would have to quarantine for 14 days after returning.

Haley said since March his business was down about 90 percent.  He said there is a lot of pent-up demand for travel.

"My wife and I were in Cancun last week," Haley said. "The resorts there were able to be open to 30 percent of capacity. I believe they have just upped that to 60 percent.

"People are ready to go," Haley said.

Dr. Mariani said travelers should check with the rules in their destination countries.