US border restrictions extended as Canada scrambles to vaccinate

US border restrictions extended as Canada scrambles to vaccinate

US border restrictions extended as Canada scrambles to vaccinate

Border restrictions on nonessential travel with the United States will be extended until July 21, officials said Friday, as Canada works to get a higher percentage of Canadians fully vaccinated.

Legault told reporters at an event in Laval, Que., the reopening could happen when current border restrictions expire on July 21.

Blair added that further details surrounding new measures for fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents would be announced on June 21.

"While the arrival of vaccines in record time has been a modern marvel, the inability of the US and Canadian governments to reach an agreement on alleviating border restrictions or aligning additional essential traveler classes is simply unacceptable", said the statement from duo.

Friday's announcement comes as airlines, tour operators and other businesses plead with governments on both sides of the border to start reopening, with the vital summer season about to begin.

At the time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the border would be closed for as long as it needs to be.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu last week said the government was preparing to lift quarantine protocols for citizens who had received their second dose of a vaccine.

"We're still seeing cases across the country and we want to get them down", Trudeau said, according to The Associated Press.

The government had previously indicated Canada would have 55 million doses delivered by the end of July, but because deliveries were not confirmed that figure did not include doses from Moderna, which along with Pfizer has made up the vast majority of doses distributed.

Tourism has been hard hit in both the United States and Canada as a result, including many Northwestern Ontario businesses.

Trudeau said he spoke with Canadian premiers on Thursday night and said the focus is on doing it the right way and not spurring on a fourth COVID-19 wave.

Canada only started getting US manufactured vaccines in May as the USA didn't allow for exports until then.

'Even though they are protected from hospitalization the people around them might not be, ' Trudeau said. And Atlantic Canada will be closed to Canadians from elsewhere in Canada well into July.

"We hope to be able to resolve those issues in the coming weeks in time for bringing in loosened restrictions around travel".

"Having to demonstrate that you have been vaccinated has been a standard piece of global travel since worldwide aviation began", said Mike McNaney, president of the National Airlines Council of Canada, in an interview.

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