It seems like a little reminder to stay at home and away from the mountains was in order. Over Easter long weekend, the town of Banff set up checkpoints at its entrances to tell visitors to turn around. These COVID-19 check stops were being handled by the RCMP, peace officers, and local firefighters.\nSmall tourist towns across the country have been begging visitors to stay away during the pandemic, even if they do own second homes in the area.\nFrom mountain towns in B.C. to cottage towns in Ontario, these tourist hot-spots have informed the public they're just not equipped to handle a surge in COVID-19 cases.\nAs a result, the town of Banff's emergency coordination centre set up RCMP officers, peace officers, and even firefighters at the town's entrances over the long Easter weekend\nThe officials were stationed at two entrances leading into the town: Mount Norquay Road and Banff Avenue, according to the official announcement.\nThough the town of Banff wasn't officially closed, the checkpoints were set up to encourage visitors to head home.\n"Travel significantly increases the possibility of contracting COVID-19 and spreading the virus to others, and it is completely avoidable for most people," said Silvio Adamo, Banff's Director Of Emergency Management.\nFor the long weekend, the Town of Banff Emergency Coordination Centre will be implementing educational public health checkstops at the Town’s entrances in an effort to keep people safe and help stop the spread of COVID-19. More info: https://t.co/YEScPujHIr #Banff pic.twitter.com/GyYBdDryKu— Banff Town (@Banff_Town) April 9, 2020\nAs visitors approached the town's borders, they were stopped and asked if they were Bow Valley residents.\nIf they weren't locals, they were provided with more information about the social distancing measures needed to combat COVID-19.\nThe check stops didn't ban people from entering town. If they insisted, they could still enter.\nThe checkpoints were "focused on increasing drivers’ awareness about the importance of avoiding travel and visitation to Banff, except for essential highway travel."\nBow Valley residents, essential workers, and anyone needing to get gas were let into Banff without being given a rundown by the police.\nEven if a visitor chose to continue after being stopped, they would find that most stores have been shut down as the town is under a state of emergency.\nThe town's mayor, Karen Sorensen, also said that if a visitor wanted to go hiking on a trail, their risk of injury or accident could divert medical professionals away from "battling the virus."\nShe said that she hopes to welcome all the visitors back to Banff when the pandemic is over. For now, people are going to have to hold off on their mountain adventures for just a while longer.