BUFFALO (WBEN) – On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed New York residents regarding the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus within the state’s borders. His general message was that this should not lead to panic.
“I get the emotion,” Cuomo began. “I understand it; I understand the anxiety – I’m a native-born New Yorker – we live with anxiety, but the facts don’t back it up here.”
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As many countries around the globe are taking precautions with visitors allowed entry into their respective nations, some have expressed concern about the travel industry. On the whole, the industry may be taking a hit, but Teal Travel President Chuck Teal says he hasn’t noticed many, if any, hiccups locally.
“Obviously, we’ve had inquiries, but as far as cancelations, no,” said Teal. “I think just general questions, ‘Is my flight still going?’ and ‘What are the procedures?’ and stuff like that, but right now, there really hasn’t been any firm cancelations.”
Teal admits that people shouldn’t completely ignore the coronavirus.
“The best thing is to just be mindful of everything right now – pay more attention to what the CDC is putting out there – there’s got to be a little bit of common sense with a lot of this going on,” he said.
Teal also noted that this isn’t exactly the busiest time of the year for people to be booking trips to Europe and Asia, so with the spring and summer months quickly approaching, he’s interested to see how the virus will affect plans.
“We don’t have a lot because of the time of the year – this is not really a big time from our little part of the world for Europe and for the far east – that’s usually generally more of a summer destination,” he said. “In the short term, no, I don’t think it’s an issue. We’ll see as we get closer to spring and summer if that becomes a situation.”
Listen to Teal’s full comments below: