For those eagerly waiting to commute between the US and Canada, pandemic restrictions on travel began to loosen Monday for some Canadians, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that a full reopening would happen in the coming weeks.
Monday onwards, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have had a full dose of a coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Canada can now skip a 14-day quarantine that has been a requirement since March 2020. Eligible air travelers also no longer have to spend their first three days in the country at a government-approved hotel.
Announcing the relaxations, Trudeau said, “We’re very hopeful that we’re going to see new steps on reopening announced in the coming weeks. We’re going to make sure that we’re not seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases because nobody wants to go back to further restrictions, after having done so much and sacrificed so much to get to this point.” Trudeau added that he understands how eager people are to see the border reopen but noted that the pandemic continues and “things aren’t normal yet.″
As it stands, restrictions barring all non-essential trips between Canada and the United States, including tourism, will remain in place until at least July 21.