In Hollywood, CA (the actual geographic place, not the industry), the usually crowded glamorous places are empty while the more wholesome sounding places — e.g., the grounds of the Griffith Park Planetarium, the Runyon Canyon dogwalking trail — are jammed.
From the LA Times on Saturday:
… The admonition created an odd dichotomy Saturday: Southern Californians shrank from usually overcrowded tourist locales in favor of open spaces that then became not so open, given the crowds that sought relief from what had come to feel like house arrest.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Venice Beach Boardwalk, the Grove shopping center and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills all went mostly bereft of visitors.
… Crowds also gathered in Griffith Park and in Runyon Canyon — and, in Northern California, along the Marin County coastline, where the Sheriff’s Office said it recognized “the LARGE amount of people traveling to the coast today and NOT practicing social distancing.” …
In the Hollywood Hills, the hiking trails of Runyon Canyon Park had become so crowded Saturday afternoon that the park was trending on Twitter, and some people were asking Gov. Gavin Newsom or L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to shut down the trails to preserve social distancing.
It’s natural to have moral reactions to an epidemic, but it is important to remember that the germ doesn’t care if you are in a normally very wholesome place when you get coughed on by somebody else in the crowd.
That said, being outdoors with a crowd is likely better than being indoors with a crowd, but still …
The point is that moral intuitions that have served you well in the past may not always be applicable in this situation. Or they may. You have to think things through.
That’s why I’ve been obsessing over the Skier Connection. Normally, skiing is a pretty healthy, wholesome thing. It just happens to have been bad in this situation.