Appeal to Gov. Newsom to allow Mammoth Lakes businesses to operate under Purple Tier Restrictions

The following well-drafted letter has been sent to Governor Gavin Newsom from the Mammoth Lakes Lodging Association, Mammoth Lakes Restaurant Association, and Chamber of Commerce respectfully appealing for the state to allow the regional stay at home order to expire as soon as possible amid concerns that local businesses can no longer sustain further financial losses by allowing local businesses to reopen and continue to conduct their businesses safely under the restrictions in the Purple (Widespread) Tier.

Furthermore, they ask that Mono County be removed from the Southern California region citing the vast difference in populations in Los Angeles County, and that Mono County be placed in a region appropriate to its demographics, e.g., a region consisting of the following counties: Inyo, Mono and Alpine.

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M. Anderson
M. Anderson
1 year ago

@Rhoagydc This is a rediculous and dangerous statement, contrary to science. The National Institutes of Health found that: “. . . high temperature and high humidity significantly reduce the transmission of COVID-19. . .” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7447231/ In another study: “Cold and dry conditions were potentiating factors on the spread of the… Read more »

Outdoorsy Type
Outdoorsy Type
1 year ago

I know someone who almost died due to the stay-at-home order. Sometimes we look at our own lives, which may involve spouses, children, roommates, work connections, and think “what’s the big deal”. But for many people the result is isolation, loneliness, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Some people would rather die… Read more »

M. Anderson
M. Anderson
1 year ago

Rhoagydc — Ridiculous statement, exactly the opposite of fact. The National Institutes of Health found that: “. . . high temperature and high humidity significantly reduce the transmission of COVID-19. . .” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7447231/ In another study: “Cold and dry conditions were potentiating factors on the spread of the virus.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7500589/… Read more »

SanDiegoMountainsLover
SanDiegoMountainsLover
1 year ago

One anecdotal story from my so.cal family: we are super careful, do not party or meet up or eat out or even take out, wear masks everywhere including outdoors, and have been for months. Reserved a walking distance to the lifts, ground level condo, which was cancelled on us. With… Read more »

loneranger2
loneranger2
1 year ago

Thanks for being soo responsible, how about stop your unnecessary travel and also the stay at home order also applies to you! You are so disconnected from reality. People like you give Californian’s a bad name. Local’s on the eastside wish you just stayed at home, we do not want… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago
Reply to  loneranger2

loneranger2 That post you made,something most ALL of us think and feel,and have felt this whole past Spring and Summer,but for some reason,for most, were “afraid” to say it. Not only because of the COVID issues coming here from down south,but,as you say,the bad attitudes,over run by tourists and their… Read more »

SanDiegoMountainsLover
SanDiegoMountainsLover
1 year ago
Reply to  loneranger2

loneranger2 – Well, that’s quite the reply. I understand that there are people who flaunt the rules in extremity, and I completely disagree with that behavior. I also believe that the state’s hard-line stance is creating a huge population of people who ignore all rules, based upon first hand observation.… Read more »

loneranger2
loneranger2
1 year ago

You still don’t get it, stay in your local region. You are not exempt from the stay at home order and choosing to drive 5 hours or more is not responsible or appropriate during this time. Go play locally! Everyone needs to be responsible and for every “responsible” person like… Read more »

Mono Person
Mono Person
1 year ago

As a business owner in Mono County, I am sorry to see you go. So many people in Inyo/Mono, see the Rona as black and white. I was just down in Orange County, and was able to enjoy restaurants and even a bar. It felt so normal. My life is… Read more »

Sami
Sami
1 year ago
Reply to  Mono Person

People like you, “full and important” lives, are making sure that 3000+ people per day have NO life to live.

Mono Person
Mono Person
1 year ago
Reply to  Sami

Typical “hair on fire” response….

Gabe C
Gabe C
1 year ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Why does you choice have to be on either extreme? why does have to be either holding up inside all the time or going out and doing things like normal? If you still support bars and restaurants by taking it to-go. You can even do that with alcohol now. The… Read more »

Lydia
Lydia
1 year ago

Really, stay at home means stay at home! Most folks don’t appreciate how few ICU beds Mammoth hospital has. No matter how careful you may be, you can still have a heart attack, a motor vehicle accident, or sports injury that could leave you needing one of those beds. Under… Read more »

SanDiegoMountainsLover
SanDiegoMountainsLover
1 year ago
Reply to  Lydia

Hi Lydia – that is a very good point you have made, and not something one immediately thinks of. I thought I read a few days ago that there are no covid patients at Mammoth hospital, is that incorrect? Based on this concern, it sounds like the residents of Mammoth… Read more »

Sami
Sami
1 year ago

Mono is shipping their cases to the hospital in Bishop

lydia
lydia
1 year ago
Reply to  Sami

Where in the world did you get that idea!!

Old timer
Old timer
1 year ago

Greetings SD Mtn lover, as of today my sources tell me Mammoth Hosp indeed has no COVID patients and one ICU bed is available. Down the hill, Bishop I believe has seven COVID patients, two in ICU. You are right that there are many people skiing, both locals and non… Read more »

Mono Person
Mono Person
1 year ago

Totally not angry at you. Please come back some day. There is a “silent majority” that feels they can’t say things, because we want all the grandmas dead – that isn’t true. It is so sad….

Keith
Keith
1 year ago
Reply to  Lydia

Lydia you are ill-informed. Mammoth hospital has not had anywhere close to 5 beds used at any time throughout the pandemic. Mammoth Hospital transports people to Reno and occasionally to other facilities in Central CA and rarely Southern CA. Mammoth Hospital has a surge capacity of up to 80 if… Read more »

Charles James
1 year ago
Reply to  Keith

As is typical in discussing this virus, the “facts” are not cut and dried…nor are the actual numbers and reports “fully matured.” Authorities have said that they feel that the numbers of Covid deaths is likely undercounted. An article in USA Today was quoted in a widely shared post on… Read more »

PracticalMatter
PracticalMatter
1 year ago

Some of our selfish fellow Americans don’t care about others. They go to Xmas parties, bars and hair cutting places, get covid and spread it carelessly. I’ve seen it. I know some of these people. They go out in public when they are knowingly sick. They don’t give a damn.… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
1 year ago

Did Mammoth Mountain pay someone to write that letter? My own family stills calls this a hoax. We’ve already lost one family member and a 40 year old dear friend and great father. I watched him grow up. Eight of my family members have contacted it. It ain’t no joke.… Read more »

Rhoagydc
Rhoagydc
1 year ago

Mammoth is uniquely positioned to be economic crystal of recovery for the entire west coast. Mammoth is the only community that possesses 3 qualities that viruses hate, HIGH ALTITUDE, EXTREMELY LOW HUMIDITY, and PERSISTENT HIGH WINDS. Even the the common influenza virus type A rarely occurs there because it simply… Read more »

js
js
1 year ago
Reply to  Rhoagydc

Get out of here with all your science!

IP
IP
1 year ago
Reply to  js

That’s not science – that’s a pseudo-technical marketing statement that is contradicted by the empirical data (of the ~8000 TOML residents over 500 have tested positive- a per capita infection rate that is among the highest in CA). Scientific results would include a test of that statement demonstrating lower transmission… Read more »

Lydia
Lydia
1 year ago
Reply to  js

Js is surely being facetious. One can hope rhoagydc is being satiric. Don’t know what to make of ML Restauarant, Lodging and Chamber letter. Can’t think of anything kind…

eric hein
eric hein
1 year ago
Reply to  Rhoagydc

I don’t know about #1 and #3 but every resource I’v found says low humidity is not good. As for number 3 most infections are indoors so..https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/op-ed-humidity-can-aid-in-the-fight-against-covid-19/

M. Anderson
M. Anderson
1 year ago
Reply to  Rhoagydc

Rhoagydc Ridiculous statement re humidity, exactly the opposite of fact. National Institute for Health states “Considering the existing scientific evidence, warm and wet climates seem to reduce the spread of COVID-19.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7500589/ In another study: “… high temperature and high humidity significantly reduce the transmission of COVID-19” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7447231/

M. Anderson
M. Anderson
1 year ago
Reply to  Rhoagydc

Rhoagydc Ridiculous statement. The National Institutes of Health found that: “. . . high temperature and high humidity significantly reduce the transmission of COVID-19. . .” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7447231/ In another study: “Cold and dry conditions were potentiating factors on the spread of the virus.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7500589/ More: ” Researchers found that both… Read more »

M. Anderson
M. Anderson
1 year ago
Reply to  Rhoagydc

Ridiculous statement. The National Institutes of Health found that: “. . . high temperature and high humidity significantly reduce the transmission of COVID-19. . .” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7447231/ In another study: “Cold and dry conditions were potentiating factors on the spread of the virus.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7500589/ More: ” Researchers found that both lower… Read more »

Dino Ballin
Dino Ballin
1 year ago

Meanwhile everyone went to New Year’s Eve parties last night. 75% of all infections occur in your own homes and private gatherings. A huge portion at large retailers and fast food. Yet all of you want to point fingers at small businesses that have almost no impact whatsoever on the… Read more »

Skull and crossbones
Skull and crossbones
1 year ago
Reply to  Dino Ballin

Your comment is almost comical. Not everyone went to New Years parties. Really, 75% of infections occur in your home and private gatherings where did that statistic come from? People bring the virus in from outside the home from work, transit, non-social gathering at events and just bad luck. Small… Read more »

BOB CARDON
BOB CARDON
1 year ago

100% you need to open and stop letting Newsom Kill people and business. We need to feed our family’s I have a 4 yr old andn7 yr old what do I say when when loose our house because we can’t work. I am open and working . No one is… Read more »

Skull and crossbones
Skull and crossbones
1 year ago

Great. The market is Southern California and the coroner cannot process all the deaths. The infection rate is off the scale and we are asking to bring more possible positive cases to the area? That is just insane! Yes your business may not survive but if you personally get Covid-19… Read more »

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
1 year ago

Apparently you don’t read statistics. Covid has a 99.7% survival rate. It’s not a reason to close down everything. You have a higher chance of choking than dying from covid so are you going to stop eating food now? Hope you like smoothies!

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
1 year ago

“go to black”? It’s a disease with a 99.7% survival rate for the vast majority of us (per CDC), 95% for the most vulnerable (over 80). Meanwhile, Florida, completely open, no statewide mask mandate – and a population whose median age is 6 years older than us and thus is… Read more »

LukeM
LukeM
1 year ago

If local businesses can’t sustain further financial losses that’s to bad. They need to remain closed for the greater good and to save lives.

Sami
Sami
1 year ago
Reply to  LukeM

Blame the country’s government that has insisted on doing *nothing* for most of the year, leaving small businesses to collapse and people to lose their homes

BadDayBlackRock
BadDayBlackRock
1 year ago

This is absolutely crazy and should not be allowed, what is Mono thinking? As California, more importantly So Cal continues to explode with cases, the new epicenter in the country, there is no way this should be allowed. Endangering the people of this community for economic gains because people can… Read more »

Skull and crossbones
Skull and crossbones
1 year ago

Also, the letter states patients are transferred to Carson, Reno hospitals. They have their own spikes and COVID-19 deaths to deal with. Do you think they will willingly accept eastern Sierra Covid positive patients?

Rick OBrien
Rick OBrien
1 year ago

It’s not just ICU beds…it’s NO beds, period. UCI , the hospital that had me as a patient for 7 months for cancer treatment has erected a M.A.S.H. type tent hospital in their parking lot for the over-flow . And since my follow-up treatment isn’t life threatening, it’s been postponed… Read more »

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick OBrien

Ill say it again. 9 months and BILLIONS of dollars in CARES Act funds for California to hire new staff, increase ICU capacity etc if they wanted to. No preparations were made. Also ICU capacity is always swamped this time of year. So many people here are acting like a… Read more »

IP
IP
1 year ago
Reply to  William

You can’t just conjure highly trained staff out of thin air. To my knowledge, healthcare workers are pretty much fully-employed (with some even coming out of retirement). These folks take years to train, not one or two seasons… All the money in the world can’t magically create more nurses and… Read more »

Mammoth Local
Mammoth Local
1 year ago

I think TOML makes a good point and addresses BaddayBlackrock’s concern. We live in Mammoth full time and in our neighborhood we have seen an increase in lodging at private homes. Homes that used to only have 2 cars visible on holiday weekends now have 4-5 packed in. So the… Read more »

Mono Person
Mono Person
1 year ago

And when it was the rest of Mono County’s season – this spring and summer – you heard crickets from Mammoth. Thanks Supervisor Pickleball.

Just remember this, the next time a “pandemic” hits – we truly are in this together, and we ALL need to have our voices heard!