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Old 07-01-2020, 02:42 PM   #1
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Anti-Tourist Discrimination?

For those that are out and traveling I am wondering if you are seeing any anti-tourist discrimination. Closure of tourist sites with the specific intention of discouraging travel, services only available to locals, etc?

I ask this because I recently talked to a local person who had just returned from their annual trip to Wisconsin and they mentioned experiencing being unwelcome in places, as well as experiencing restaurants, etc. that would only provide dine in service to locals. I don't know the specific location of their experiences, or even if it happened in Wisconsin or some of the other states along their route.
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Old 07-01-2020, 10:28 PM   #2
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I have seen several states that have quarantine requirements on travelers from certain states. I haven't heard of rudeness though.
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NO rudeness for us either but more and more closures. WE actually are finishing up a 4 month stay in the Hill country of Texas and heading to NM, UT and CO over the next few months.

All will be stays of 2-3 weeks or more. We have cut down our travel plans drastically and we have NEVER stayed in any one place for longer than a month. Not haveing a home to return to we are doing what we can to stay safe and healthy.
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Sedona has taken some steps to "discourage" crowds, such as closing the most popular trail heads. This isn't aimed at just tourists. Closed is closed. And it was done only after seeing people ignore the guidance about social distancing. It does in fact affect tourists more than locals because locals know how to get on the trails without using the trailheads, and without having to park a vehicle to start the hike. We did see tourists come back after the State reopened and very much ignore masks and distancing. Now that AZ has allowed Cities and counties to impose rules, and Sedona has required masks in most public places, tourists seem to be "obeying" more than before. I know the whole rules thing ticks some people off, but it sure wasn't working without them.
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I am aware of counties in Missouri who “closed” themselves to outsiders, and it was the towns and counties around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks who begged the NPS to close the parks for a while. These are all in rural locations without many medical facilities, so I don’t blame them. Many rural and small town areas are worried about folks coming from areas with a higher %of COVID positives and then infecting their population.
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Old 07-02-2020, 11:48 AM   #6
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For those that are out and traveling I am wondering if you are seeing any anti-tourist discrimination. Closure of tourist sites with the specific intention of discouraging travel, services only available to locals, etc?
Not "anti-tourist" and not "discrimination". State or local regulations regarding quarantine, etc. designed to limit the spread of the virus and not overwhelm the state's medical resources.
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before he went to his seasonal site in northern WI he had heard rumors that the locals were slashing the tires of vehicles bearing out of state (mostly IL) license plates. when he went up to open up for the season he found no such activity.
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Old 07-02-2020, 02:30 PM   #8
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Here in Montana we've not heard of any hostile actions towards visitors and we would be surprised to see any, but there's a lot of grumbling going on amongst the locals about the number of folks who have flocked here and people constantly talk about the number of out of state plates they see. The infection rate is increasing and we're setting new highs in cases regularly the last couple of weeks. Many of the locals feel that they need to increase their self distancing during tourist season. The bright spot is that the local businesses are doing great. We drove by a local car dealership yesterday that normally has 50 new pick-ups to choose from and they only had 4 and a whole bunch of used trade-ins.
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Dare County NC had closed entry to their county if you were not a permanent resident. Residents were free to come and go, everyone had to show proof of permanent residency at the checkpoints the sheriff's office set up.
This ended after several non-resident property owners filed suit to access their second home.
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No problems in Oregon or Washington for us. We have California plates.
Only issue is maskless locals look at us like we are aliens for wearing masks when shopping.
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Just a reminder that the topic is Anti Tourist Discrimination so let's not drift off into discussions about mask policies.
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I would bet a great majority of the 8000 attendees driving cars to Mount Rushmore tomorrow would be from out-of-state, not wearing masks and no social distancing so there won't be any anti-tourist discrimination there, at least.
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just returned from 10 days in south dakota from pennsylvania. asked the guy running the campground what's the local feeling when it comes to masks so i knew what to do. he said it's up to you. went to wall drug too many people and not enough masks bought a hat and got the hell rushmore was 50 50 on masks. everywhere we went people were friendly and outgoing. can't wait to return.
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Chicago Restrictions

this just in from Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot:

CHICAGO -- People traveling to Chicago from 15 states with increasing numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face possible fines, city officials announced Thursday.

To comply with the order that takes effect Monday, travelers must stay at a single home or other dwelling for 14 days except to seek medical care or be tested for COVID-19.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Twitter that the order is intended to "preserve the gains Chicago had made."

The city has reported 52,569 confirmed cases and 2,611 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Both categories have trended down in recent weeks and the city has allowed many businesses to reopen, including bars and restaurants with limits on customers.

The city's Department of Public Health Commissioner said the specific states listed are based on the rate of new confirmed cases per 100,000 residents.

As of Thursday, that means people coming from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah will be affected.

The order also applies to city residents returning from a visit to a designated state.

It wasn't immediately clear how Chicago officials will enforce the order.

According to a website explaining the change, people could face fines of between $100 and $500 per day, totaling up to $7,000.


good luck on enforcement. there are a gazillion ways into the city.
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