The mayor of Sarnia, Ont., which borders Port Huron, Mich., is anticipating that border restrictions introduced by the USA authorities on Wednesday will prolong past Aug. 21.
Mayor Mike Bradley can also be expressing frustration with what he sees as a scarcity of cooperation from the U.S. in working towards collectively reopening the Canada-U.S. border.
The U.S. Homeland Safety Division mentioned on Wednesday that land borders with Canada and Mexico will stay closed to non-essential journey for at the very least one other 30 days, till Aug. 21.
The announcement got here two days after Canada introduced that Americans and everlasting residents who need to come to Canada for non-essential causes and who’re totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 will probably be allowed to take action beginning on Aug. 9.
Bradley mentioned he and the opposite border metropolis mayors have been knowledgeable by Public Security Minister Invoice Blair in regards to the U.S. border restrictions for Canada.
“It shocked us,” Bradley informed World Information. “We anticipated as a result of we closed the borders collectively — for very legitimate causes — that once we went to reopen the borders, we might do it collectively.”
“My impression from the decision I used to be on the opposite day listening to (Blair), was that his counterpart within the States was saying this may very well be way more than 30 days.”
Nevertheless, Bradley mentioned he has no indication of how for much longer these border restrictions for Canadians travelling to the U.S. might prolong.
Even as soon as restrictions elevate for People travelling to Canada on Aug. 9, he believes it is going to take time for many individuals to really feel snug travelling throughout the border and prepared to stick to further necessities to permit them to cross the border, resembling offering proof of vaccination by means of the ArriveCAN smartphone app or net portal.
“I believe it’s going to be like what’s taking place with the final reopening in our personal communities. I believe it’s going to take some time for any momentum to construct on that,” he mentioned.
“We’ve struggled for years since 9/11 with the passport guidelines that have been introduced in to get People over right here. I’m happy for my colleagues in Niagara Falls, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Stratford, as a result of they really want this due to their big dependence on the tourism sector,” Bradley mentioned.
“However I do suppose it’s going to take time particularly — and we pointed this out to the minister — with all of the issues they’ll should do to get the apps and all that. We discovered up to now, it’s typically arduous to draw People if there’s any impediments to what they should do to cross that border.”
Restrictions on non-essential journey between Canada and the U.S. have been imposed in March 2020 originally of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, the land border has been closed to all non-essential journey. Nevertheless, the U.S. has allowed Canadians to fly in, whereas Canada has not allowed People to do the identical.
— with information from Reuters and World Information’ Amanda Connolly.
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