STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Businesses in the Poconos are reacting to the governor of New York discouraging non-essential travel to neighboring states, including Pennsylvania.
This is a peak time for tourism as out-of-state people come to enjoy the fall foliage.
On Main Street in Stroudsburg, business was good at area restaurants, with mild weather helping with outdoor seating. It's a hopeful sign since the pandemic has been hard on the restaurant industry, but now there could be another financial blow to workers here.
The governor of New York is asking his residents not to make any non-essential trips to neighboring states, including Pennsylvania, as our state is seeing a spike in cases.
Businesses say with the fall foliage season come the tourists, and they worry the New York governor's warning could keep New Yorkers away.
“This is one of our prime tourist seasons, so any loss of guests coming to the area is obviously a loss of revenue to the businesses down here; it's going to hurt,” said Doug Gawthrop with Siamsa Irish Pub.
“They come in here a lot to see the attractions we have around here, so it's important that people do still come out, and they do participate in what we have to offer,” said Kaitlyn Wilson at Philly’s Pub.
“A lot of our guests are coming from out of state. They're spending a lot of money in this market, so they're staying overnight, they're visiting restaurants in the degree that they can,” said Christopher Barrett, the president and CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.
Case in point, a group of friends came out from New York City to celebrate a birthday at Siamsa.
“I'm turning 30 today, so I thought I'd get out of the city and spend some time in nature,” said Isedua Oridahur.
The people we spoke with say the restrictions and advisories have changed so many times over the course of this pandemic, this is just another one they'll have to adjust to.
"I mean, one day it's one rule, the next day it's another, so we're just kind of going with the flow and hope that people come in and participate what we have to offer,” said Wilson.
“They've been changing and varying the measures that they require for months,” said Peter Micea, a member of the group from New York City.
The governor of New York says the reason he is discouraging travel to neighboring states because there is no practical way to quarantine because there is just too much interconnection between them.