First came word that the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism was suspending ads touting the Adirondacks.
Then the governor urged people to stop gathering in groups, and ultimately ordered employers to send workers home. This week the American Alpine Club asked members to enjoy the outdoors close to home: “This is not the time to head to the desert or rally to your favorite national park for ‘social distancing.’”
As the novel coronavirus spreads through America—and especially New York—the question of what will become of the Adirondack Park’s summer plagues the North Country. What will become of the businesses that rely on the millions of visitors who typically visit the mountains and lakes? What risks await the region’s aging rural population, already short on medical resources and home health workers?
What to do?
The Adirondack Explorer wants to know what readers, visitors and all who love the Adirondacks think. 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 on this post, on our Facebook page, or in an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, and stay safe.
— Brandon Loomis, editor