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Fall Tourists Pack Shops In Brown County Despite Rise In Virus Cases

Shops in Nashville, Indiana.

It’s peak tourism season in Brown County. (Barbara Brosher, WTIU/WFIU News)

It’s peak tourism season in Brown County.

Thousands flock to the area to enjoy the state park, the shops and, of course, the fall foliage.

But this year it’s all happening under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic. And visitors continue to pack the town of Nashville despite the state’s recommendation to avoid crowds – and frustration from some of the business owners.

For many it’s an annual fall tradition to come out for maybe a long weekend – hike some of the trails, enjoy some food and shopping, and get off the grid for awhile.

“We come down and stay about four or five days in the campground here,” says Amy Ledbetter, a visitor from Hamilton county. “The kids love it. We come down with friends. And they can just run around. It’s safe, and you don’t have to worry about them. Sit by the campfire and just enjoy time together.”

Drawn by pleasant weather and fall leaves, thousands of visitors filled the sidewalks, shops and restaurants last weekend.

“Yeah, people have been excited to get out, enjoy the nice weather. Covid has really put a damper on people getting to spend time outside their houses” says Tanner Schoolcraft, a street photographer who spends weekends offering to take photos of passersby.

Schoolcraft wears a mask, unlike many visitors here.

That’s despite a requirement that face coverings be worn in all shops and restaurants.

Earlier this week the president of the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation threatened to call police on people refusing to wear masks.

Lyn Letsinger-Miller wrote on Facebook that two individuals forced their way into the gallery after being told they needed to wear masks. She said the gallery would seek to press charges.

Others are cautiously relieved that the crowds didn’t disappear because of the pandemic.

Shopkeeper Annette Payne was worried that business at the Foxfire Boutique would be down this year because of COVID. But that hasn’t been the case.

“This year is just about as good as last year. We have been just overwhelmed with the number of people. We have been pleasantly surprised,” Payne said.

“We do still have customers who come in without a mask and we have to say something to. And some of them can be pretty rude. Which is funny for us because they come here knowing what the situation is with all the signs that are posted all over town.”

Brown County is reporting a relatively low infection rate for COVID-19.

But it’s hard to know how many visitors ultimately test positive after visiting. That’s because results are typically registered by the county of residence. Visitors come from all over.

Earlier this year, Nashville town consultant said he was worrying about what would happen in October during the influx of visitors.

“Naturally, you have small spaces, very small shops, which is what makes it unique,” he said. “If if we're really going to social distance correctly, it's difficult at times to have more than two couples or two families in the shop.”

Brown County commissioned a study in 2013 that showed visitors contributed $34 million in spending each year to the local economy.

Joey Mendolia contributed to this report.

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