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Loss of 'Snowbirds' Amid Pandemic Is Another Hit to U.S. Tourism

Returning Snowbirds Ride Out Quarantine In Canada's RV Parks
Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg
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Phoenix (AP) -- This is the first winter in five years that Steve Monk and his wife, Linda, haven’t driven to Arizona from their home in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

They typically leave Canada to hunker down in warmer climates for six months. They could fly, skirting travel restrictions at the border, but they’d rather “freeze their buns off” than go to the U.S., where COVID-19 infections and deaths are surging.