In a survey of more than 1,000 Adirondack residents, two-thirds thought it was safe to move around their own community, and 45 percent said it was safe to welcome back tourists and visitors
Prior to phase 3 of New York States reopening process, ROOST (The Regional Office of New York Tourism) released a Resident Sentiment Survey to gain a better understanding of the comfort level of North Country residents regarding reopening the economy and getting society back on track.
The information collected went to local business owners and partners of ROOST in order to help create reopening plans, set policy, and prioritize projects accordingly. The survey also contained open-ended questions regarding activities like shopping, dining, attending events, and welcoming visitors.
ROOST found residents wanted tourists and travelers to have reasonable expectations upon arrival, and that most locals were comfortable traveling to neighboring communities and that increasing education and signage on social distancing and mask wearing was appreciated in large. Around two-thirds though it was safe to move around their own community, 45% said it was safe to welcome back tourists and visitors, and 33% said the opposite. Within residents’ own communities, a majority stated that they were comfortable shopping, dining, and visiting attractions, but less than 50% said they would visit larger scale events. 79% of respondents were full time Adirondack residents, while 21% owned seasonal and 2nd homes within the Blue Line. There were exactly 1,165 responses representing 87 different postal codes within the region.
ROOST Chief of Staff Mary Jane Lawrence said the following about the survey and its responses: “We recognized early on there needed to be a focus on the health and wellness of the community and to help the visitors understand the importance of following the guidelines set forth by the state. This has been reinforced by what has been found in the survey, we are excited that people have been very receptive to the ‘Politely Adirondack’ messaging regarding
social distancing and mask wearing. They are helping our visitors know what to expect when they arrive, and residents and business owners appreciate the fact that tourists will be following the guidelines.”
To view the full results of the survey, as well as the numerous resources ROOST has made available to North Country Businesses during the pandemic, visit the following links. http://www.roostadk.com/toolkit, https://www.roostadk.com/updates