Friends and fellow Wisconsin residents Charles “Chuck” Hill and Dale Sonnenberg both have wintered for years in Green Valley. They know that Wisconsin officials have asked snowbirds to remain where they are, and not travel back to their state.
“Wisconsin has clamped down on people in general traveling there, and if they enter people must self-quarantine for 14 days,” said Hill, 81, a retiree from a communications company in Naperville, Illinois.
He and his wife, Connie, usually leave in mid-May back to Eagle River, Wisconsin, where they live near Butternut Lake. Their 1,900-mile drive in a Chevrolet Suburban takes more than two days.
“We are not sure what we are going to do,” said Hill. He said motels on their route are open, but are not serving continental breakfasts.
“We usually stop at fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and grab a quick lunch,” said Hill, explaining that indoor service is not being offered now so they cannot use the public restrooms.
Gas stations are considered essential businesses so they can use restrooms there, and can make hotel reservations.
But there is still worry. “We worry about maybe becoming ill on the way back to Wisconsin. We are scared about contracting the virus,” said Hill.
Sonnenberg, a 71-year-old retired businessman from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, who plans to leave his home in Green Valley in May, is paying close attention to the news.
He and his wife, Carol, 69, a retired nurse, decided if there are big flare ups in the pandemic in Arizona or Wisconsin in the next weeks, they will stay put.