Misquamicut Business Association Wants Rhode Islanders to Pack a Bag and Visit

A decrease in business because of new out of state travel restrictions could be an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to staycation.

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WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) – New state to state travel restrictions have many Rhode Islanders rethinking their weekend and vacation plans, and those same restrictions could have out of state visitors rethinking their trip to the Ocean State.  Business owners in Misquamicut are nervous about that, because a lot of their income relies on out of state visitors.  The Misquamicut Business Association says they have a plan.

Caswell Cooke with the Misquamicut Business Assocation says, “When you say the word Misquamicut, it doesn’t just mean one pavilion, it’s actually a village with 50 businesses and hundreds of homes.”

New COVID travel restrictions could mean a loss for those businesses.

Cooke says, “Governors from other states are saying ‘yes, you can day trip in Rhode Island, but after 24 hours when you return home to Connecticut or Massachusetts, you have to quarantine.’  So, that’s cutting into our hotel stays.”

Cooke says the Business Association’s new push could help replace lost business by encouraging Rhode Islanders to staycation in Westerly.

Cooke says, “Rhode Islanders always say they need to pack a suitcase to come to Westerly.  It’s kind of a running joke.  So, right now, we’re using that and saying ‘okay, get packing!'”

He says a staycation offers Rhode Islanders a chance to get away without dealing with the hassle of quarantines and COVID tests, and it would support local businesses.

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