Trudeau urged by US, Canada businesses to speed border opening

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More than 60% of Canadians have received a first dose with about 8% fully vaccinated, according to data tracked by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

"We would make a decision about the Canada border based on the guidance of our health and medical experts", Psaki said when asked if the USA would take a unilateral approach.

The border restrictions are due for renewal on June 21.

The government advisory group in Ottawa said fully vaccinated travelers should be exempt from both quarantine and pre-departure virus tests, and that Canada should drop the hotel quarantine entirely.

"In conversations with government leaders on both sides of the border we are learning plans are moving forward to provide for expanded crossing allowances". Travelers entering Canada would still be tested for the coronavirus and may be required to quarantine for a shorter period, according to the report.

Trudeau has mentioned a 75% vaccination rate as a key threshold when asked about potentially reopening the border. "It would help facilitate a safe and gradual return to a more normal life".

"In our view, the vaccination campaigns in both countries have progressed to the point where it is time to revisit" the restrictions, said the group, which includes both the Canadian and USA chambers of commerce, the Business Council of Canada and the US -based National Retail Federation.

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A new poll conducted by Nanos Research Group for Bloomberg News shows Canadians are becoming more receptive to reopening the USA border.

"We need to have goals in order to open up the border". We need to know what the vaccination rate should be in order to open up the borders.

Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati says at a recent virtual meeting, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the federal government suggested it could start easing COVID-19 restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border on June 22 if the country's vaccination campaign stays on its current trajectory. "I think it would be an incentive to get vaccinated", Germain said.

The two nations banned non-essential travel across the frontier in March previous year and have extended the limitation every month since then.

The restrictions have hit Canada's tourism and airline sectors particularly hard.

April's federal budget promised an injection of $1 billion over three years, starting this fiscal year, for the tourism and festival industry forced to close or cancel events because of public health measures.

In addition to removing the COVID-19 test and quarantine requirements, the business groups are also asking the Canadian and USA governments to mutually recognize vaccine credentials to support the movement of inoculated citizens and produce a plan the includes clear guidelines for all other travelers.

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