Pocono tourism, businesses are looking good as summer comes

As vaccination rates increase, COVID-19 drop down and restrictions ease up, experts are “cautiously optimistic” about the onset of the summer season in the Poconos.

While Memorial Day weekend wasn’t necessarily the perfect time for backyard barbecues and fireworks due to two days of rain and cold, it appears that the northeast region of the commonwealth is on the road to recovery. Insiders from the world of business, hospitality and restaurants in the area have reported promising starts for the summer in the Poconos, and are looking forward to a busy season.

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau President and CEO Chris Barrett noted that since capacity limits eased up on Memorial Day, his professional contacts have noted that business have reported an “extremely strong start to the summer.” While last Saturday and Sunday were a bit rainy, the weather on May 31 kept a lot of visitors in the Poconos for outdoor activities, Barrett said.