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It’s pretty rare to see news about Snowbirds outside of travel or RV oriented media, but the current coronavirus crisis has caused the political press to take note. Snowbirds In Limbo As Coronavirus Upends Travel Plans:
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Retired Americans and Canadians who spend winters in the southern U.S. are stuck in limbo as the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to re-evaluate where to live the next few months.

The group, commonly known as snowbirds, is questioning whether it is safer to stay in their winter homes or head back north as travel restrictions from Florida to Canada go into effect.
Not much in the article that hasn’t been raised here before, but perhaps some awareness will be raised. More at link.


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what was the point in telling the Canadians to come home?


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rk911 wrote:

what was the point in telling the Canadians to come home?


From a neighbor here fro Canada: "They had to be back to Canada within ten days, or they would lose their medical insurance coverage

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I don't think any Canadian snowbirds would lose their government supplied coverage, under these circumstances (out of province coverage is already next to nothing, anyway), but some supplemental plans probably have maximum out of province time limits. For some provinces it's 6 months, some are 7. Individual supplemental plans probably/may follow those guidelines.


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For many, the options are few.
Campendium has been a decent resource for some. They maintain updated list of the closures, and have some (obvious in many cases) recommendations on their website. Campendium
The idea of Boondocking is mentioned, as well as selecting a location near a larger town or small city to have access to healthcare.
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rk911 wrote:

what was the point in telling the Canadians to come home?
Less chance of getting sick at home? Better treatment? Some were going to lose emergency medical insurance.

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Many of the Canadians in my RV park were afraid there would be no gas to get home, that the border might be closed to them, that travel thru some states might be restricted, that RV parks might be closed, etc. Every Canadian I know of in my RV park has left. Many were given 10 days to get home before their supplemental insurance was canceled.


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MDKMDK wrote:

I don't think any Canadian snowbirds would lose their government supplied coverage, under these circumstances (out of province coverage is already next to nothing, anyway), but some supplemental plans probably have maximum out of province time limits. For some provinces it's 6 months, some are 7. Individual supplemental plans probably/may follow those guidelines.


Many of my Canadian friends DID receive letters from their supplemental companies mandating their return within 10 days or they lose their coverage. Also, loss of governmental coverage if they overstay the allotted time in the US anyway.....


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News said the borders are closed.

And there might be very few open campgrounds along the way.

Staying put may be the only option -- also for stay-in-place virus infection prevention considerations.

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We are heading north. Staying in a KOA tonight in Yemassee SC and they are handling things right. Met us in a golf cart, offered copies of our paperwork which we respectfully declined, drove us to our spot, disinfected the power box and water spigot and told us to leave our trash in a bag when we left.

Much better than pushing people into rest areas posted No Overnight Camping.

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