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Limited Access signs posted at town entrance


April 15, 2020

WE LOVE YOU! STAY HOME – From the tulip fields, where they are not supposed to be (see page 7), out-of-towners flock into La Conner. Yes! say the coffee shop owners. No say the vulnerable population of old-timers. Mayor Ramon Hayes wants to slow but not stop these golden geese. – Photo by Ken Stern

As a prank, someone once spray-painted the word “Don’t” atop a Visit La Conner promotional sign outside town.

Fast forward a generation to last Saturday when motorists entering La Conner at the roundabout were greeted by signs reading “Locals Only” and “Limited Access.”

But this time it was no prank.

Mayor Ramon Hayes authorized placement of the signs in response to concerns of residents about the potential spread of COVID-19 here by tourists and following a Friday news conference during which Gov. Jay Inslee urged local officials in Washington state to underscore his “Sta...

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