The Mayor of Jackson wants tourists to visit Jackson — just not now.
Pete Muldoon posted a video on Tuesday asking would-be tourists to stay out of the area for now.
“We’re looking forward to seeing you soon but right now, we’re asking you to hang your hat at home and help us give our small mountain town a chance to get through the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
“Jackson Hole has very limited resources and our health care system will be stretched as we protect our most precious asset — member of our community,” Muldoon said.
Last week, Teton County and the town of Jackson both issued stay-at-home orders.
“(We) have seen mounting evidence that community-wide stay-at-home orders can have significant impacts on slowing the virus’ spread, particularly when implemented in the early phase of viral community spread,” said Dr. Travis Riddell, Teton County’s health officer. “We are in that phase now. I am absolutely in favor of a community-wide stay-at-home order.”
The town of Jackson rescinded its order on Monday in favor of a new county mandate.
The county order directs residents to have contact with no one except the people in their homes , except to perform tasks essential to health and safety, to obtain or deliver necessary supplies or services — such as groceries or medical supplies — to work at an essential business, to care for others or to take part in outdoor activities.
“So please, do the right thing for now. Stay home, shelter at home, stay healthy,” the mayor said. “We look forward to welcoming you on your next adventure to Jackson Hole when travel is recommended again.
As of Wednesday morning, Teton County had 26 confirmed coronavirus cases, the second-highest total in the state.