As America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida, draws visitors from around the country. “Hospitality is the economy,” as city manager John Regan likes to say — local businesses rely on an influx of tourists and spring breakers this time of year to survive. So when Regan started canceling events that draw hundreds of thousands of people – and millions of dollars of revenue – to the town of 14,000, he drew the ire of his business community. Hospitality workers and tourism outfits wanted to know why, with only 20 confirmed coronavirus cases in the county at the time, Regan took such drastic measures. “The very first question people ask is, ‘on what data do you base these decisions?’ And the answer is, ‘the absence of data,’” Regan said. “So we’re ruining businesses in this process to save lives. But how can you not default to the public health position?” Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis. Leaders across the country are struggling to make decisions with major public health and


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