We have the same kind of hostility here. Summer people are treating this as a vacation! The summer people are even Carping that their sumer maid service won't come and clean for them! DRHaving grown up in RI, in a small coastal town, with a large number of the summer residents, I can understand a little bit how the Rhodies are thinking. While in College I was in the RIARNG and also a reserve officer for the Westerly PD, working full time during the summers. Most of the out of staters properties are in the beach towns.
1. NY is a hotspot for the virus
2. Most of these small towns are not equipped to handle this level of emergency.
My town for instance (Westerly, RI) had a winter population of under 20K, which doubles in the summer. Our local hospital has something like 125 beds (friend of mine back home is a nurse there).
I suspect that just like other vacation hotspots here's a little bit of class warfare going on. My home town for instance was like a miniature Newport RI, lots of "old" money, complete with summer houses that are mansions by normal standards with maids, staffs, large yachts, etc. There's already the normal amount of animosity for the summer folks, due to increased traffic, summer prices etc.
Add to it coming early and possibly bringing the virus with them.....There's similar reactions being observed in other locales that are host to large numbers of seasonal residents.