The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) is urging hikers who planned to travel the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to cancel or postpone their plans due concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
“As reported cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, many people have put their PCT trips on indefinite hold,” said the PCTA, in a statement posted to its website on Thursday.
The organization recommended that other hikers follow their example.The statement cited concerns that “anyone traveling the PCT and resupplying in communities along the trail represents a serious risk to others on the trail and people in those communities — particularly high-risk individuals for whom the virus could be deadly.”
I had a permit to start May 11th, although my plans changed well before the outbreak here in the U.S. so very happy I didn't quit my job and vacate my home (As many of the 2020 class had already done before bailing). See places like Big Bear Lake have asked people to cancel on their PCT plans as many small Southern CA towns don't have the medical facilities to handle an outbreak.
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