This is an extraordinary time and, like so many of us, we are trying to manage a constantly evolving situation. Stanley is OPEN.
Our community is an amazing place. We appreciate folks want to be here, but we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the unique situation we are in as an isolated rural community. This sentiment is not unique to us and is shared by many across the west and throughout rural communities of the world.
The City of Stanley and our local business community have modified operations and limited activities to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Your health and safety are our top priority, and we are committed to providing timely and accurate information surrounding COVID-19 to assist you with safe travel decisions
We are actively monitoring Governor Little’s Coronavirus Resources page and recommend that travelers check the site regularly for updates as this situation continues to evolve. We also encourage travelers to check in with local businesses and event organizers before making plans to travel and to observe the Coronavirus Guidelines for America, which include:
- Avoid gatherings of 10 or more
- Maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – especially after using restroom facilities, coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, and before eating.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Coughing and/or sneezing into a tissue (or your elbow) and then throwing away the tissue.
- Cleaning frequently touched objects with soap and water and/or alcohol based cleaners.
- Consider wearing a mask in public to reduce exposure to yourself and others
- Consulting with a physician before traveling when sick.
Additionally, here are other resources to help you monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and how it relates to travel safety:
Things to consider before travel:
Is COVID-19 spreading where you live?
Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others during travel, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health conditions. These people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.
Are you or your travel companion(s) more likely to get severe illness if you get COVID-19?
People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complications avoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.
Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you are told to stay home for 14 days for self-monitoring or if you get sick with COVID-19?
If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.
Do you live with someone who is older or has a serious, chronic medical condition?
If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or persons of any age with severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
While visiting the area:
Continue to support local businesses
All local restaurants are offering take out and/or delivery options. Purchase gift cards at your favorite stores to use at a later date (call or visit websites to purchase) or shop online from any local retailers who offer that service. If retailers and businesses are open, use debit or credit cards for transactions (cash and coins carry a lot of germs), don’t stop in if you are sick and as always…thank the employees who are working hard to meet the needs of our community!
- Restaurants & Lodging are OPEN in Stanley and are following CDC recommended guidelines
Purchase only the supplies that you need
When it comes to groceries and supplies, our small communities have a limited resource. While our amazing local grocers are working to restock as soon and as often as possible, we ask that everyone only purchase what you need, not stockpile supplies. Share the love and leave enough for everyone!
Many resorts and popular recreation areas are currently closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside or participate in activities. The key is to maintain social distancing while you recreate. Hiking, Biking, Rafting, Fish, ATVing, and enjoy the fresh mountain air.