'People are concerned': Locals in mountain towns want Calgarians to stay away due to COVID-19

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Normally, they welcome the influx of humanity that drives their tourism-fuelled economies.

But those living in mountain towns west of Calgary are now urging city dwellers not to visit, with some even insisting action be taken to force them away as the danger of COVID-19 infections grows.

“There’s a hue and cry from some to close the roads from Calgary,” Canmore Mayor John Borrowman said Monday, following a weekend that saw many from the Calgary area flocking to his town and recreational areas around it.

“But we can’t do that.”

Some in the town an hour west of Calgary are concerned its limited medical resources could be consumed by visitors suddenly falling ill to the dreaded respiratory disease, said Borrowman.

“But that’s a bit of a stretch,” he said.

Even so, the mayor said it’s not a good idea to head en masse into the town’s downtown streets.

That didn’t seem to be a problem during the past weekend, with many businesses closed and far more visitors heading up to the Canmore Nordic Centre or Quarry Lake, said Borrowman.

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