As extra elements of California reopen, some officers are urging tourists to stay away — no less than for now.
Dr. Penny Borenstein, San Luis Obispo County’s well being officer, requested vacationers to not go to as the county reopened many retailers and eating places this week.
Whereas officers have carried out “spot checks” with resorts to discourage tourism, Borenstein stated the county would cite guests solely within the case of “egregious violations.”
She stated that earlier than retail companies can open their doorways or eating places can begin providing dine-in service, they have to carry out a threat evaluation, prepare their staff to counteract the unfold of the virus and carry out temperature checks on workers and, in some circumstances, patrons.
Greater than two-thirds of the state’s 58 counties have obtained approval to extra shortly reopen their economies as coronavirus-related restrictions proceed to be loosened.
These in Southern California which have obtained the inexperienced gentle to maneuver deeper into Part 2 — clearing them to reopen restaurant eating rooms and extra retail companies for in-store buying, with modifications — embrace San Diego, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, according to the state.
Native officers cheered the event, which can enable them to extra broadly restart segments of their economies which were shuttered underneath California’s stay-at-home order.
Different counties have expressed concern about vacationers visiting and presumably bringing with them the coronavirus, particularly throughout the Memorial Day weekend.
Distant Alpine County urged tourists to stay away when the virus started to unfold via California in March.
Dr. Richard Johnson, the Alpine County public well being officer, stated final month there’s no medical care to deal with guests who fall sick with COVID-19.
“There’s no means we might even have floor or air assets to get them out,” Johnson stated. “It’s a harmful assumption which you could come and have a look at us as a secure haven. It’s an unsafe haven.”
Communities within the Lake Tahoe area, which closely rely on tourism as nicely, have issued reminders earlier than the vacation weekend warning that leisure journey isn’t permitted.
On its web site, the town of South Lake Tahoe stated that whereas second owners are now welcome, different guests are nonetheless not. Lodging is not going to be obtainable to short-term renters.
“We’d love nothing greater than to welcome everybody to Tahoe proper now, however that’s not the most secure technique to convey folks again to South Lake,” Metropolis Supervisor Joe Irvin stated in an announcement. “We must be accountable and ensure we’re doing our half to maintain our neighbors secure and Tahoe secure whereas adhering to the governor’s keep at residence orders.”
Because the variety of coronavirus infections and associated deaths plateauin the state and more of the economy reopens, many business leaders are hopeful the tourist trade will return.
Some experts have said a slow reopening of vacationer spots with social distancing and different public well being measures may work.
Los Angeles alone is expected to draw about 22 million fewer guests this yr and lose greater than $13 billion in vacationer spending due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A forecast commissioned by the Los Angeles Tourism and Conference Board estimates that Los Angeles County will draw about 29 million vacationers this yr, down from a pre-outbreak forecast of about 51 million.
Occasions workers writers Leila Miller, Hugo Martin, Jaclyn Cosgrove and Sarah Parvini contributed to this report.
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