In recently reopened Moab, Utah, businesses welcome tourists back with caution

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      ravensong
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      As in Moab, businesses in outdoor tourism towns depend on people traveling long distances to enjoy a particular part of the outdoors. The same goes for ski towns in Colorado and Montana, which rely on income from the winter season to get through the rest of the year. National parks regularly bring swarms of tourists to remote parts of Wyoming and California.

      But as the pandemic continues, local governments face a problem without an easy solution. The virus travels with tourists and customers.
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      Niehaus thinks Moab can keep the virus out if visitors would follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But as visits increase, people are showing up without masks. The town has a stockpile that it plans to make available at national parks and grocery stores, but it is relying on the good intentions of people far from their homes. Griffin said it’s frustrating to see visitors not taking precautions to protect the community.

      “I’ve definitely heard locals grumble about tourists not wearing masks, as if they’re on vacation, so they’re on vacation from the coronavirus, as well,” he said.

      https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/recently-reopened-moab-utah-businesses-welcome-tourists-back-caution-n1217071

      Posting this here because this is what is happening in the small western tourist town near to where I live also, a few hours from Moab.  This is happening all over the interior of the western US,  People are coming here from all over, almost none of them wear masks, and apparently think that our wide open spaces are a place for them to come for a holiday from coronavirus, and freely spread the virus among the local folks who live and work here as they smirk at our masks and social distancing.

      Despite the large numbers of Trumpers that live in these areas, small western towns like Moab have managed to keep the virus relatively contained.  But now, fucking jerks from populated areas are coming here, and very, very few of them are respecting our right to protect ourselves from infection.

      These are mostly economically advantaged people who can afford expensive travel and lodging,  Their elitist lack of respect and consideration for the health and well being of local residents and workers is appalling and infuriating.

      I have a message for them:  If you don’t have the minimum amount of class and human respect and decency to take basic precautions to protect the health of the local people who provide service to you in our commercial establishments and recreational spaces, then go fuck yourselves, you privileged, arrogant, classless, inconsiderate assholes. Go away, stay home, and don’t come back until you learn how to respect us and the beautiful natural spaces you freely trash with your beer bottles, cigarette butts, plastic whatevers, and your babyshit filled disposable diapers.

      Who are these people, anyway?

      Folks here at JPR would have to see it to believe it.  That Lake of the Ozarks debacle is not an isolated stupidity. The same shit is happening all over the western US.

      end of infuriated rant

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