by Andrea LaForest, Sun Community News
While still longer than North Country advocates hoped, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is eyeing a mid-August opening of the international border for fully vaccinated Americans.
That timeline came July 15 during discussions with leaders of Canada’s provinces when Trudeau said if Canada’s current vaccination rates and public-health conditions continue in a positive direction the border could be opened for Americans by late August.
In a readout of the call with province leaders, Trudeau said “Canada would be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September. He noted the ongoing discussions with the United States on reopening plans, and indicated that we could expect to start allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents into Canada as of mid-August for non-essential travel.”
North Country Chamber of Commerce officials also renewed calls for unilateral action this month by U.S. Homeland Security to reopen the U.S. side of the border to fully vaccinated Canadians, particularly those with family, property and business ties to the region.