In the United States and Canada, more and more people are calling for the opening of borders for non-essential travel such as tourism.
Officials said on Friday that border restrictions on non-essential travel with the United States will be extended until July 21, as Canada is working to get a higher percentage of Canadians fully vaccinated.
Public Security Secretary Bill Blair said the move was made in coordination with the United States. In the United States, more and more people are calling for the opening of the Canada-U.S. border for non-essential travel such as tourism, but less than 20% of Canadians are fully vaccinated.
“We are still seeing cases across the country, and we hope to knock them down,” the prime minister Justin Trudeau Say. “At the same time, we also know that we must reach our goal of 75% for the first dose of vaccination and at least 20% for the second dose before we can start to relax, because even the fully vaccinated People may also spread COVID-19 to people who have not been vaccinated.”
Trudeau said they need to ensure that the communities where fully vaccinated travelers return are not at risk
Trudeau said: “Even if they are protected and will not be hospitalized, the people around them may not.”
The border between Canada and the United States remains closed for all non-essential travel. These restrictions were announced in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic and have been extended every month thereafter.
Even some provinces in Canada are still closed to each other. Ontario and Quebec are only open for non-essential travel between the two provinces this week. Atlantic Canada will be closed to Canadians from other parts of Canada by July.
The Canadian government expects that by the end of July, there will be enough vaccines for 80% of eligible Canadians.
Approximately 70% of eligible Canadians received at least one dose of the vaccine, and the second dose is increasing this month and next month. Canada postponed the second dose of vaccine to provide more people with the level of protection of the first dose more quickly, and the country is waiting for more supplies to arrive.
Canada didn’t start getting vaccines made in the United States until May, because the United States did not allow exports until then. Canada has been receiving vaccines from Europe until Pfizer’s Michigan plant began receiving vaccines from Pfizer in May.
Blair noted that the government plans to release detailed information on fully vaccinated Canadians returning to the country on Monday. The Trudeau government has stated that when they return to the country in early July, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens will be exempt from isolation for two weeks if they test negative for COVID-19.
The Canadian government is also under pressure from companies and tourism to relax the ban, and they are further worried Harm to the economy.
The United States is Canada’s largest trading partner.
Although the ban will not affect trade in goods, it has hit tour operators and service exports.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, a national group that defends businesses, regrets that it says Ottawa is too cautious.
“I’m disappointed… All science will say that we should continue to reopen the border. We don’t even have a plan at this time,” said Perrin Beatty, the group’s president and chief executive officer.
“Unfortunately… we are the world leader in preemptive strikes, and we are the world’s laggards in strategy formulation,” he said in a telephone interview.