Friday, May 22, 2020

A reminder to stay socially distant when getting out on Memorial Day

The opening days of hiking season are here, and with a warm Memorial Day weekend ahead, the Adirondack Council wants to remind outdoors enthusiasts to socially distance and continue using personal protective equipment while recreating.

Outdoor tourism is important for the North Country economy as well, and hikers traveling to the Adirondacks should take the time to research the local protocols and conditions beforehand. Residents and tourists alike should seek to avoid crowds and crowded locations so we can continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while still getting the exercise and fresh air we all need.

“Year-round and seasonal residents of the park have done a good job of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the communities of the Adirondack Park, allowing some of its economy to reopen in time for the start of the tourism season, that’s a testament to the spirit of cooperation that sustains our communities through good times and bad.  It shows that we are all in this together.  Adirondackers look out for each other.  Together, we will find our way to better times ahead,” said Adirondack Council Deputy Director Rocci Aguirre in a press release.

It’s also important to remember that in the Adirondacksm spring is mud and black fly season. Visitors may find that their region’s spring is not comparable to the north country, making it especially important to do research before hiking up here. There is typically still ice, snow, and mud on several sections of popular high-altitude hikes, and it is recommended in mud season to avoid trails above 2,500 feet.

To learn more about socially distant hiking, to view trail conditions, and to find tips for hiking in mud season, check out the following links:

Photo Credit: High Peaks camping at Copperas Pond lean-to camp, courtesy of NYSDEC

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5 Responses

  1. Bill Quinlivan William Quinlivan says:

    I just returned from the Tops Market in North Creek. Despite a large sign at the door notifying shoppers that face covering was needed to shop, in the 1/2 hour that I was in there, I counted 6 shoppers walking around the store without any face covering. Another had a bandana around her neck but not covering her face. There were no wipes at the dispenser when entering to allow cart wipe down prior to shopping. I am a year round resident in the Adirondacks. I am 73 and have very little other options near my home in Indian Lake. The manager did not approach any of these non-compliant shoppers to request that they use face covering or they would have to leave.

    It is true that we have done a great job keeping this virus at bay, but I believe that the current “re-opening” is being misread by some denser folks– they read it as the virus has gone away. What is also true is that our healthcare resources are below what would be needed in even a small spike here in the park and that we have a considerable population of folks over 65 that represent a higher risk target for COVID-19. If our market resources and their management believe that this poor response so early in our season represents their caring for the people who support them year round , they are sadly mistaken. I guess this is what to expect from leadership that cares more about money than community.

    • Steve B says:

      It is completely baffling that the store managers don’t see the need to enforce the requirement for patrons to wear masks. All they need is one sick employee and the store is now shut for 2 weeks. You can’t make money when you’re shut, how hard is this ?

    • Boreas says:

      “I guess this is what to expect from leadership that cares more about money than community.”


      That pretty much says it all. I believe the administration’s rush to reopen ignoring CDC guidelines is not well thought out and will only slow total economic recovery – in large part due to the pinheads you mention that don’t feel public health precautions even apply to them. It will slow the recovery in our area simply because the tourists and communities will not feel safe. Employees may decide working for minimum wage isn’t worth the risk – especially if employers choose not to or are not able to enforce social distancing/mask guidelines. Employers may decide risks to their employees and liability isn’t worth opening. The public isn’t going to feel safe returning to establishments with lax enforcement. The stock market will not rebound until consumer confidence returns and employees feel they are safe.

      On a personal note, I have an older sister who is a hairdresser in PA. Despite lockdown measures starting to loosen there, plenty of hairdressers were ignoring the mandated shutdown by the state board of health – including her employer. My sister, being high-risk like myself, DID observe the shutdown and has not worked. Yet when these scofflaws were reported, nothing was done. Local law enforcement couldn’t get involved because of jurisdiction issues. County and state enforcement was not to be found. At this point the only potential repercussions the violators could face are loss of license – which still would require enforcement! My sister decided to retire rather than return to work in an unsafe environment. I am being faced with the same decision when the practice I work for reopens next week – but retirement is not a realistic option for me.

      How many other healthcare and service industry employees will temporarily or permanently drop out of the workforce or change occupations for the same reason? National testing is still inadequate in determining the extent of the pandemic. How many people will risk their lives and their family member’s lives for near-minimum wage with the virus still threatening? No, William, as you said, the virus certainly has not gone away.

    • Sula says:

      William, that is pretty appalling. It sounds as if the “manager” is either lax and/or stupid and isn’t doing his job. Have you tried to contact higher management about this issue?

  2. Kathy says:

    The most dangerous virus we spread is apathy and “me me”. No vaccine or treatment has yet been developed to remedy wanton disregard or willful ignorance in getting what they want without harming others in their path.

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