I've been debating on posting this for a while, but I feel that it needs to be said. I'm sure that many of you will not like what I'm saying, but let me assure you, it's the truth.
Please stay away.
Here on the island, we have very limited resources. On the West End, we have only two rotating Baywatch Paramedics. No clinic. No hospital. A small general store that can easily run out of things, and only gets restocked once a week (if we're lucky.)
I've been seeing a large amount of boaters deciding to come over to escape the madness of the mainland. I understand the need to get away, but please don't come here. If you bring COVID-19 to the island, it will burn its way through our population just like it's doing elsewhere around the world, but here it would be especially devastating. Many steps have already been taken by the city of Avalon, and our town of Two Harbors, but we can't make any one do something they don't want to. The General Store here in the isthmus has posted requests for people to go back to the mainland if they are not locals. The warehouse has ceased receiving packages for non-residents. The Catalina Express has cancelled all boats to the isthmus.
On top of all this, some nefarious characters have been showing up ashore. Machete carrying derelicts are wandering around, spooking the locals. We are wary of people whom we don't know. We are wary of locals coming home from the mainland.
As I see many people posting about going out on the water, please understand that if you have an emergency, you put lives at risk. If you have to be rescued, you could expose our only emergency personnel to COVID-19. You might have to be taken to a hospital, then you may be exposed yourself. Risky behavior right now is unjustified.
I know many of you will just say that I can't make you do anything... you're right. This is a free country, and you can do whatever you want. Just please think of others that may be affected by your actions.
Thanks for your time, and your understanding.
As soon as this all blows over, we'll all be shooting big fish for years to come.