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delwhjr

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Posted: 04/23/20 09:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just received an email about Yellowstone opening

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Given the ongoing and ever stricter guidelines from the CDC, WHO, as well as federal and state governments to limit gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our operations through Sunday, June 14. We regret that this situation has resulted in the necessity to cancel all lodging and tour reservations for stays through June 14, 2020, but based on present conditions, we are currently scheduled to reopen between June 15 and 19, 2020.

When we reopen beginning on June 15, to comply with the local health guidelines, our operations will be limited. Lodging options will be limited to cabins with private bathrooms. This means that only Frontier Cabins, Western Cabins, and Cottages will be open at Old Faithful, Canyon, Mammoth, and Lake areas. All Xanterra-operated campgrounds except Fishing Bridge RV Park will also be open this summer. There will also be limited food services, tours and activities, and gift shops. More information on available lodging, campgrounds, and services for Summer 2020 can be found here.

That makes us rethink our plans[emoticon]

* This post was edited 04/23/20 09:14pm by delwhjr *


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Good to hear! Glad things are starting to get back to normal!


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Posted: 04/24/20 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wonder if they are also limiting how many pass through daily? That would be my guess.

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Posted: 04/24/20 10:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The shutdown is going to bankrupt many businesses in the Yellowstone area. West Yellowstone and Gardiner Montana are almost exclusively Yellowstone tourist oriented. With only a partial opening of the park beginning in mid June businesses in those towns are going to lose nearly the entire season.
Even if the park begins to open June 15th, and that is not an etched in stone given, visitation is going to be very slow to return. A huge number of reservations have already been cancelled for the year. Yellowstone is not a spur of the moment vacation option, most people plan such a trip months in advance. A significant percentage of Yellowstone visitations are foreign travelers, it is doubtful any foreign visitations will occur this year. Many potential visitors will decide visiting the park when there is only limited services is not a good idea and will delay a Yellowstone trip into the future. Fears of the virus will keep still others at home.
Businesses that operate in the Gateway towns make almost all their revenues during the 5 months of May thru September. A loss of a significant part of those 5 months means they have no hope of recovery until over a year from now. Yet much of their overhead will continue. Rent and loans will still have to be paid. Property taxes aren't going to be forgiven or reduced. And even looking ahead to 2021 does anyone really feel comfortable betting that everything will be back the way it was before the pandemic?

How many people really have the financial assets to go an entire year without income and not even have the secure knowledge that things will return to normal after that year? For summer seasonal businesses across the country this shutdown will likely be a fatal blow.

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While it is a shame that seasonal businesses will be dealt a huge blow, I would be more apt to play it safe with employees and guests. A bank will understand the late or non-payments, the families of dead people won't forget. I really wish there was an alternative, a magic cure-all.

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westernrvparkowner, after reading your doom and gloom report, I thought early on that I read an article about the neighbors of those business's. Sure enough I did.

https://www.ktvq.com/news/coronavirus/neighboring-counties-ask-yellowstone-national-park-to-close

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jdc1 wrote:

While it is a shame that seasonal businesses will be dealt a huge blow, I would be more apt to play it safe with employees and guests. A bank will understand the late or non-payments, the families of dead people won't forget. I really wish there was an alternative, a magic cure-all.
If only it was as simple as the bank will understand. Unfortunately, the banks have to abide by banking regulations and those unpaid payments will put those loans into non-performing status, decreasing the banks reserves. If the bank has a large number of these non-performing loans, which is likely for the community banks in seasonal tourist areas, they run the risk of being declared a failed institution and have their assets (the loans) liquidated. Even worse, the value of those businesses are likely to have fallen by 25% or more, erasing the equity those business owners have in the business and making refinancing those loans impossible. Unlike retirees who really haven't lost anything but time in the shutdown, or employees who will either return to their job in a few months or will find other employment should their jobs not return, many seasonal business owners are likely to lose their businesses and their life savings. For those people that is a staggeringly high price to pay in the interests of possibly preventing the spread of a virus we still have no idea of it's actual morbidity.

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bobsallyh wrote:

westernrvparkowner, after reading your doom and gloom report, I thought early on that I read an article about the neighbors of those business's. Sure enough I did.

https://www.ktvq.com/news/coronavirus/neighboring-counties-ask-yellowstone-national-park-to-close
Yes,it is very easy to put someone else out of business. I don't believe the county health officials are missing a single paycheck. And I bet all the retirees and other posters on these forums advocating erring on the side of safety would feel a bit different about shutting everything down if the shutdown included draining their savings and retirement accounts.

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So glad we decided on a whim to go to Yellowstone last year. We were on a month long trip and were in southern ID and though why not.
This years travel will be much tougher.

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Posted: 04/24/20 05:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those who say it's better to err on the side of caution to save lives most likely have never owned a business. All the current data points to this "pandemic" being less deadly than the common flu. What is unknown is what is driving this shutdown. While I'm all for doing social distancing I don't believe the governors should have the power to determine what private businesses should do.

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