Sask. premier pushes feds to open the border for fully vaccinated travellers

Sask. premier pushes feds to open the border for fully vaccinated travellers

Sask. premier pushes feds to open the border for fully vaccinated travellers

And he's stressing that the restrictions will be phased out slowly and cautiously and only so long as vaccination rates continue to climb and the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada continues to decline.

The measures, which also apply to the US- Mexico border, do not affect trade or other essential travel. "We'll have more to say about those specific measures and the implementation details in the coming days".

The current restrictions are set to expire June 21, but USA and industry officials expect they will be extended again.

Canada said last week that it had taken a cautious first step and was ready to relax the quarantine protocol for fully vaccinated citizens returning home from early July.

Currently, all non-essential travel into Canada is prohibited, with limited exceptions.

U.S. restrictions prevent most non-US citizens who have been in the United Kingdom, the 26 Schengen nations in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil within the last 14 days from traveling to the United States. The hard-hit tourism, hospitality and airlines sectors in particular are hoping for relaxed rules that will allow some resumption of tourist travel.

LeBlanc says the government may provide Canadians who want to travel soon an interim document to verify vaccinations.

In an update on Tuesday, Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo said Canada will receive 20 million additional vaccine doses in June alone.

"Canada is not immune from having to make those adjustments".

"Working together, we can make the best of this window of opportunity and go for gold to get Canada vaxxed to the max", she said.

Beatty says addressing these issues can not wait any longer for fear of long lasting changes and job losses.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked with US President Joe Biden on Sunday about how to lift the pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries, but revealed that a breakthrough had not been achieved.

"The idea would be to find the best, common secure platform for Canadians who want to have proof of vaccination in the context of global travel", he said.

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