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Report: U.S.-Canada border may open in early July

U.S.-Canada border crossing
U.S.-Canada border crossing
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 10:28 AM EDT
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OTTAWA (WWNY) - The U.S.-Canada border might not open to non-essential travel until at least early July, Politico reported on its website Wednesday.

An unnamed senior Canadian official tells Politico that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government’s first priority is to loosen measures that would allow fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents to return home from abroad without quarantining for 14 days.

Trudeau and President Joe Biden are expected to talk about reopening the border at the G7 summit that gets underway in the U.K. on Friday.

The border was closed to non-essential travel in March 2020 as a way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The two nations agree on a month-to-month basis on if the border should reopen. The current agreement ends on June 21.

Mayors of Canadian border towns had hoped that some restrictions could be lifted as early as June 22.

Communities on both sides of the border are anxiously awaiting for cross-border tourism to return.

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