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Border to remain closed through July 21

Border to remain closed through July 21”

On Friday, the federal government announced that it was extending its border restrictions on non-essential worldwide travel for another month.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair also said restrictions on travel to other countries would continue, but added the Canadian government would begin to flesh out planned exemptions for fully vaccinated travelers on Monday.

Blair added that further details surrounding new measures for fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents would be announced on June 21.

Right now, the USA government isn't requiring proof of vaccination to travel across its border.

The pressure to relax the restrictions has been building from businesses on both sides of the border, and increasingly from American lawmakers as vaccination rates climb in Canada.

Previously Canada expected enough doses to fully vaccinate 75 per cent of all eligible people before August, but with additional shipments from Moderna, the country might reach its target sooner.

There are yet other issues that need to be addressed, Trudeau said, including what to do about children under 12 for whom vaccines have not been approved.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu last week said the government was preparing to lift quarantine protocols for citizens who had received their second dose of a vaccine.

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Jacobs said he was "heartened" to hear of an additional shipment of one million vaccines being sent to Canada from the USA and hopes it may help accelerate progress.

'Our number one priority as we fight COVID 19 is keeping Canadians safe. "We're working with them to get on the same page".

The extended restrictions will include travel between Canada and the United States.

On Friday, Legault insisted what's most important is that people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca get a booster shot - no matter which vaccine they choose. And Atlantic Canada will be closed to Canadians from elsewhere in Canada well into July.

"Travellers would have to be fully vaccinated 14 days or more prior to their arrival and they will still be required to have a negative pre-departure PCR test result, and required to be tested upon arrival".

In the "medium-term", Trudeau said, there will be a more formal federal program tied to provincial health records which will give border guards access to vaccination records.

Premiers said they hoped to hear more details about the reopening plan in a call with the prime minister on Thursday night.

"We've been quite supportive of the government coming up with a policy and a mechanism on how it's going to capture that data".



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