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Urbanites run for country homes, cottages amid coronavirus outbreak, creating tensions with year-round residents

Urbanites run for country homes, cottages amid coronavirus outbreak, creating tensions with year-round residents

Roger Keil, a professor in the faculty of environmental studies at Toronto’s York University, said prosperous cottagers should remember they are generally not fleeing to some private idyll, but to fully fledged rural communities.

“People need to behave and show the same principles of social solidarity that are expected from all of us in the current crisis,” he said. “People are moving from the so-called dense urban centre to the cottage, but entering another community with its own health needs.”