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BREAKING: Rick Steves cancels tours to Italy for next two weeks


Last updated 3/2/2020 at 2:57pm

Brian Soergel

Rick Steves in front of Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds.

Rick Steves, the Edmonds-based European expert, told the Beacon today, Feb. 28, that his company has canceled four tours to Italy for the next two weeks in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Steves acted after the Centers for Disease Control issued a level 3 warning to that country, calling for travelers to avoid nonessential travel due to widespread community transmission.

"I mean, my first reaction is, well that's a heartbreak for all the people who had these long-laid plans for a beautiful vacation in Italy," Steves said. "I feel really bad about that. I feel bad about leaving...

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