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Nobody Likes Tourists—Until They Stay Away

I’m a compulsive traveler who is beyond ready for my next fix. And so, when my wife’s family, who live in Dekalb County, Ill., proposed that we meet this summer in a small town in Tennessee that is roughly halfway from our home in Florida, I was all for it. I contacted a venerable, historic hotel in eastern Tennessee to see if it was taking reservations. “If you are considered to be in a hotspot area (100 current cases),” the hotel replied, “we will ask that you hold off on your visit.” Dekalb County (population 105,160) had 211 active cases (but just two deaths) at the time, and Pinellas County, Fla., where we live,…

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