Whatever you personally think, the people in charge have decided that to slow down and stop the spread of coronavirus it is best that we all stay at home, shelter in place, and practice self-isolation. Unfortunately, that means we must forgo some of the things that make us happy, connect us with nature, and keep us sane. Not just to prevent the spread of the virus, but to not potentially put further burden on an already struggling healthcare system.
Not everybody is abiding by these rules though. There are many reports of skier and snowboarders heading out into the backcountry causing avalanches, getting injured, and unfortunately dying in avalanches. In Costa Rica, videos of cops shooting at surfers also emerged.
Last week Los Angeles closed all of its county beaches. One SUP surfer decided though that he was going to go out anyway, enjoying an empty Malibu. That was until the cops and lifeguards showed up. After a game of cat and mouse, the surfer was caught, handcuffed, arrested, and taken into custody to a round of applause from onlookers on the beach.
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What if similar measures were taken at backcountry ski areas? What if, when you returned to your car after a skin up and ski down, the cops were waiting, cuffed and arrested you, and took you away? Too harsh, or is this what we need to stop people heading out there?