A Message For Spring Break Travelers

Spring break travelers,

I have a request: please stay home. The continued spread of Covid-19 presents too much of a risk. This weekend’s arrival of thousands of visitors up and down the coast despite the many warnings only heightens that risk.
It’s an odd request because the Oregon Coast thrives on the tourism dollars that support our economies. For a normal spring break, our businesses would be gearing up for a much-needed surge after a long winter.
Realistically, however, we don’t have the resources to handle a large outbreak. Our rural hospitals and clinics are small. Our grocery stores couldn’t keep up associated demands. Many of our towns have full-time populations that are of retired age and fall into higher risk categories.
We are taking recommended precautions to stay healthy. Restaurants are limited to take-out only. Events and gatherings have been canceled. Hands are being washed. People are self-isolating. Now we need your help.
A traveler asked me today if he should keep his spring break plans to our town. I recommended postponing until summer, to which he replied, “I guess your town doesn’t want my money, do you?”
That’s the wrong question to ask.
Instead, ask yourself “how can I help protect others?”
It’s simple.
Make plans for summer.
For now, please stay home.

Dan Haag

Manzanita Visitors Center