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Toronto (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that Canada could begin allowing Canada to fully vaccinate Americans for non-mandatory trips from mid-August, all by early September He said he should be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from the country.
Trudeau spoke with a Canadian province leader, and his office announced a phone call. He said that if Canada’s current immunization rates and positive public health conditions continue, borders could open.
“Canada will be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September,” the reading said. “He notes the ongoing discussions with the United States on the reopening plan and can expect to begin permitting non-mandatory trips to Canada for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents in mid-August. Was shown. “
In Trudeau, Canada continues to lead the G20 countries in vaccination rates, with approximately 80% of eligible Canadians being vaccinated on the first vaccination and more than 50% of eligible Canadians being fully vaccinated. Said. He said the number of cases and serious illnesses continued to decline nationwide as vaccination rates continued to increase.
In the early days of the pandemic, the US and Canadian governments closed more than 5,500 miles (8,800 kilometers) of borders to non-essential traffic. Some were angry that the two governments had not made detailed plans to fully reopen the border due to rising immunization rates and lower infection rates.
Canada began deregulating earlier this month, allowing fully vaccinated Canadians or permanent residents to return to Canada without quarantine. However, some requirements include a negative test for the virus before returning and another test after returning.
Canada is under pressure to continue to relax border regulations that have been in force since March last year.
Offering a travel exemption to Canada in a pandemic is politically sensitive, and Trudeau is expected to call for federal elections next month.
Trudeau said his minister would share more details about the border early next week.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, commercial transport has typically traveled between the two countries. Canadians can fly to the United States with a negative COVID-19 test.
The American Travel Association estimates that it will cost $ 1.5 billion a month to close the border. According to Canadian officials, Canada will have about 22 million foreign visitors in 2019, of which about 15 million will come from the United States.
Tom Webb, a 63-year-old retired U.S. Navy pilot from Orchard Park, New York, said he was seriously considering selling his cottage in Georgian Bay, Ontario, after nearly two years of inaccessibility. .. He is vaccinated. “I’m over frustration,” he said.
Canadian officials say they want 75% of eligible Canadian residents to be fully vaccinated before easing border restrictions for tourists and business travelers. The Government of Canada expects that 80% of eligible Canadians will be provided with sufficient vaccine to be fully vaccinated by the end of July. The United States allowed the export of vaccines to Canada only in early May.
Major League Baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays hope to win an exemption to be able to play home games in Toronto starting July 30th. The Blue Jays played home games in Buffalo, NY during the shortened season of 2020, starting this season in Dunedin, Florida, and then moving to Buffalo.
The Government of Canada did not allow the team to play at home in Toronto due to the risk of spreading COVID-19 due to the need to travel frequently in the United States during the baseball season.
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