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With pandemic summer wrapping up, businesses brace for unusual fall – News – fosters.com

KENNEBUNKPORT — The Nonantum Resort traditionally closes for the season in the middle of December, once Prelude finishes with its annual holiday festivities in Kennebunkport.

But this year? The resort will close Oct. 25.

“I’ve been general manager here for 29 years, and we’ve always stayed open until December,” Tina Gordon-Hewitt said Wednesday.

Welcome to the hospitality industry in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. That field and others are preparing for a fall season with fewer summer dollars at their backs. The reason: a decline in tourism amid ongoing concerns about a virus that has caused the deaths of nearly 200,000 Americans and sickened millions more.

Gordon-Hewitt gave two explanations why the Nonantum, located on Ocean Avenue, will close earlier than usual.

One reason is that the resort’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system needs expensive new filters at a time when the products needed for such an upgrade are

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Iowa City businesses brace for fall with no Hawkeye football

IOWA CITY — Danny Standley was expecting to have Iowa football’s home opener Sept. 5 on the television screens at Big Grove, not the Eastern Kentucky vs. Marshall college game.

There was supposed to be a DJ playing music and four signs spelling out “IOWA” on the stage.

But not this year.

A room usually full with fans donning black and gold and eyes glued to a projector screen was empty. The restaurant and brewery still had more than 125 people there, but it was a fraction of what its “Kinnick outside of Kinnick” environment usually held.

A couple miles away, Rich Wretman walked to Kinnick Stadium, like he’s done the past 45 years on the first Saturday of September. But he didn’t spend money at the pregame and postgame tailgates, nor was he wearing any black and gold. A parking lot next to Kinnick usually packed with tailgaters had

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