The Village of Harrison Hot Springs released a tongue-in-cheek reminder for residents to stay home on Friday, April 17. (Graphic/Village of Harrison Hot Springs)

Village of Harrison releases light-hearted stay-at-home reminder

Harrison consistent in asking visitors to stay home for now

It’s a twist on the classic parenting trope “you should’ve gone to the bathroom before we left.”

The Village of Harrison Hot Spring posted a light-hearted graphic on their Facebook page, continuing their consistent message of politely asking visitors to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Gotta go? If you can’t make it to your own bathroom, you’re too far from home!” the message reads with a rendering of the village logo as well as two stick figures clearly needing a trip to the loo.

Harrison Hot Springs has utilized social media to frequently address the public with COVID-19 updates, praise and messages to visitors to stay away – for now, of course.

RELATED: Harrison Hot Springs declares state of emergency, officially closed to visitors

April 22 marks one month since the village officially closed to visitors, when Mayor Leo Facio declared a state of local emergency (SOLE) and shut down all village-run recreation areas, public washrooms and Esplanade Avenue, a main road near the lake.

RELATED: Harrison Mayor: Visitors largely steered clear during Easter weekend

A group of residents penned an open letter released via social media the day before, imploring visitors to reconsider heading to Harrison, as tempting as it may be to shake off the cabin fever and enjoy the great outdoors.

Thankfully, it appears the Easter long weekend saw less tourism traffic than village officials and residents feared. Facio said in a statement released on Thursday (April 16) that the village was “not inundated” by tourism traffic, but rather most of the traffic was passing through, heading east of the village.

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