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Border Mayors Seek Lifting Of Border Restrictions

By Randy Thoms Sep 21, 2022 | 11:43 AM

The border crossing between St. Stephen, N.B., and Calais, Maine. Image: Staff photo

There are renewed calls to lift remaining COVID restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border.

Several Canadian and American mayors of communities along the border have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden.

Campobello Island Mayor Harvey Matthews is among them.

They say the measures still imposed at the border are unnecessary and are impacting their communities’ economies and their ability to resume a normal way of life.

Several MPs have also put their signatures to the letter.

The mayors say while the measures were important early on in slowing transmission rates, life is now returning to a more normal way.

Meanwhile, media reports say the Canadian government will ease back on some of its restrictions next week.

Currently, anyone crossing the border to Canada must fill out their travel and health information through the ArriveCAN App at least 72 hours before reaching the border.

Travellers considered not fully vaccinated are subject to certain testing and quarantine requirements before they are allowed into Canada.


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