The Covid-19 pandemic has had a wide range of impacts at a variety of scales around the world. In this article, we explore two smaller locations: Point Roberts in North America and the town of Baarle/Nassau in The Netherlands (though, oddly, parts of it are in Belgium).
Point Roberts is an exclave of the USA in Washington State on the southernmost tip of the Tsawwassen Peninsula (Figure 1). Located south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, it is a 13 km2 outpost separated from the rest of Whatcom County (Washington State) and the rest of the USA by sea or a road journey of 40 km and two border crossings. The USA/Canada border was set at the 49th parallel in 1846. It cuts across the peninsula, leaving a small area of the USA at its base. Point Roberts is similar in area to many small coastal towns in the Pacific northwest, with access to good places to fish, beach hike and whale watch.
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