The Canadian government has announced that it will ease Covid-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens amid warnings that the border will remain closed for longer than anticipated.
“We haven’t reached the finish line, and the finish line is when a significant majority of Canadians, approximately 75%, are fully vaccinated,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. last week.
Beginning on July 5, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and residents will no longer be required to complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government emphasized at a press conference on Monday. Although, travelers will be required to prove they have tested negative for Covid-19 before they cross into Canada and take a second test at the border. There are no changes for those who have not been fully vaccinated.
The changes mark the first step toward easing the public-health measures at its frontier, as the government faces backlash to enable increased freedom of movement between the Canada and U.S. border. Businesses on both sides of the border such as airlines, tour operators, hotels, etc. have been imploring a reopening, as the summer season approaches.
The lockdowns and border closures have been especially hard on small businesses. Larger companies were able to make the switch over to online shopping and delivery services, while disadvantaged small storefronts were forced to shut their doors.
According to the public health agency, Canada is expecting a delivery of 68 million vaccine doses by the end of July. This should be enough doses to fully vaccinate the eligible population.
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