Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Should the Adirondacks discourage tourism during the coronavirus outbreak?

loon centerThis is on everyone’s minds and The Adirondack Explorer wants to hear from you. In a twist on our magazine’s standard “It’s Debatable” pro-con column, we ask that people with constructive ideas for handling the crisis submit them for a crowdsourced opinion piece that will list a variety of viewpoints.

The question: “Should the Adirondacks discourage visitation during the coronavirus outbreak?”

If you have an opinion about this, please comment here, on the thread on the Explorer’s page, or in an email to Explorer Editor Brandon Loomis at [email protected]

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

17 Responses

  1. Michael P Douglass says:

    Yes ,we have to stay away from the North country , to protect the residents that live there and take care of our mountains ! They don’t need to be taking care of non residents , they have enough to worry about . They certainly don’t need to be doing search and rescue operations for irresponsible hikers !

  2. Cat H. says:

    Thank you Michael Douglass! Case in point, the rescue last Saturday

    took an enormous amount of resources. Please hike local and ramp down the type of recreational activities you participate at this time. Our limited medical resources here in the Adirondacks do not need any additional burdens at this time.

  3. Harv Sibley says:

    We love the ADKs but those of us who are domiciled elsewhere should practice good behavior and stay where we are. The ADKs will be there when this is over…but help local businesses by buying gift cards from them now…they need our patronage more than ever….

    • LG Mike says:

      I’m not sure what Mr Whitmans anger issues are, but if your zip code is somewhere other than in the park, please stay there until after the stay in place order (or pause) has lifted. I will respect your zip code if you respect ours in this crisis.

      • Judson Witham says:

        The Park is owned by New Yorkers it is not a Private Oasis ….. Hello NEW YORKERS OWN IT

  4. Theodore Tate says:

    Just one Covid carrier could wipe out any small town’s vulnerable people. Please, just stay away for a season.

  5. Beth Stalker says:

    People, in general, should just stay home. Avoiding unnecessary travel will keep number of vehicle accidents and travel-related injuries low. Emergency responders are needed elsewhere at the moment.

  6. Vanessa Banti Vanessa says:

    I don’t want to be a burden on the health system, which needs to focus on treating locals. Am therefore staying away until the outbreak is well controlled or we have a vaccine.

  7. Nancy Jones says:

    I love the Adirondacks, I grew up there in the summers but come on folks there is a travel ban. Stay home. We all need to do our part to prevent spread of this virus. I live in the beautiful fingerlakes now with many waterfalls and tons of wineries. We need people to follow the ban and stay home just like the folks who live year round in the Adirondacks do. When this is over we can vacation and enjoy other parts of the state again.

  8. Laurie Howard-Patnode says:

    Whether the Adks are public land or not…If you’re zip code is not one of the Adks . then do everyone who works in the health care field a favor and Respect them enough to not bring yourselves up there…They do not have the capacity to handle this pandemic so Stay Home and Enjoy until this passes

  9. Lori Graham says:

    My first instinct was yes. Visitors should be encouraged to get fresh air, hike see the sites, etc. But after thinking about it, I realized if something should happen to a person while enjoying the area, then emergency responders will be needed. And there are not enough to go around considering the crisis we are currently in. We have been Pleaded with to stay home. Only go out for essentials. Tourism is not an essential, so it should wait until it is safe.

  10. Charlie S says:

    Judson Witham says: “The PARK is PUBLIC LANDS …… THE END I say TO HELL with the North Country GREEN NAZIS”

    It’s about respect and being civil-minded Judson! You seem to have the hurrah for me and truck everyone else attitude. There’s been a lot of that going around these past three years! Ugh!

  11. Liz Dorick says:

    At this unprecedented time in our world those of us with secondary homes in north country need to stay in our primary residences. We do not need to burden the local heath resources and supply stores with an influx of seasonal or non year round residents. My primary residence is in a town near the beach in south Jersey. We are having the same issues here with out of town visitors., during the off season we are not equipped to handle the crowds. Local officials here have actually decided to close our beaches. Even though the mountains are calling…WE MUST NOT go. See you all when this has resolved. ☮️

  12. Wayno says:

    Its Mud Season, stay away just for general purposes. If you come up early to your summer place self quarantine and BYO supplies. Everyone should be hunkered down and laying low. Remember, its been a long time since anyone came up to the North Country for the Health Care. If you need a ventilator this ain’t the place to go. Follow the guidelines, do your part to bring down the transmission rate and flatten the curve. Best wishes to everyone!!

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