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These towns are sending people away because of COVID-19

Want to see a historic town? Better luck next time

Portable cots line the basketball court at a makeshift medical facility in a gymnasium at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The facility, and others across the state, will open when there is demand for patients impacted with COVID-19. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Portable cots line the basketball court at a makeshift medical facility in a gymnasium at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The facility, and others across the state, will open when there is demand for patients impacted with COVID-19. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Want to see a historic town since you’ve got extra time on your hands? Good luck. Plenty of historic towns across the United States have closed the door to tourists.

What’s going on:

  • Towns from across the country have barred people from visiting during the coronavirus pandemic, fearing a potential spread of COVID-19 in those areas, BBC News reports.
  • For example, people have flocked to their holiday cabins and homes in New Hampshire, hoping to escape the urban areas infected by the virus.
  • But Dot Seybold, general manager of OVP Management, which oversees retail stores in New Hampshire, told BBC News people should avoid coming to New Hampshire.
  • Sybold said: “I see it in my own neighbourhood where normally I don’t see people in these (holiday) homes except during holidays — and they’re all full now. I get it. What would you do for your family? But they’re not thinking about our little community and how we will struggle to help people if this thing gets as bad as New York.”

People are fleeing big cities

  • Not far from New Hampshire, New Yorkers have fled the state despite public health experts asking them to stay to stop the spread, according to The Guardian.
  • In fact, one Utah influencer left New York City, saying she was headed West, as the Deseret News reported. People slammed her online.
  • Steve McLaughlin, an executive for Rensselaer County in New York, told The Guardian that he’s seen people flock from New York City to the upper state. But he said people can come as long as they jump into self-quarantine.
  • McLaughlin told The Guardian: “You get a lot of people who are just plain scared who say: ‘Keep them out, keep them out.’ I take the more middle-of-the-road approach. Nobody has the authority at my level to do in a shelter-in-place kind of order. So, all right, you’re free to travel, just be considerate of your fellow American, your fellow New Yorker.”