Recently, I have read with interest several letters attempting to solicit sympathy for the out-of-state seasonal residents who have arrived in Maine months early to try and outrun COVID-19. They mostly gloss over the many real fears of year-round Mainers. We are a state with a very high percentage of elderly citizens, who we value, and a state with very limited access to medical care.
To see the flood of out-of-staters retreating to Maine during this national state of emergency is infuriating. The first thing they do is go to the local grocery store, possibly infecting anyone they come into contact with. Then they crowd parks, beaches (until closed), hiking trails, etc., as if they don’t have a care in the world and have merely started their summer vacation early.
But should they get sick, you can be sure they will be the first people in line, clamoring for doctor’s appointments, testing and medications that they feel entitled to, without regard to the fact that they are probably depriving the full-time residents of Maine the care that they need. This is already happening.
They shouldn’t be surprised that they are not welcomed with open arms at this time.
We may not by able to stop people who own summer homes here from coming to Maine early, but we do have the right to be treated with respect and not to have our lives endangered by selfishness.