Canada-US Border Closure Extended

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Canada is extending its border restrictions on non-essential global travel for another month.

In a tweet, Blair said the government is planning measures for fully-vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents, and others now permitted to enter Canada. The Canadians shut their border to all but the most essential traffic in March of 2020.

Trudeau said he spoke with the premiers about the border on a Thursday night call and there was a consensus to maintain the status quo.

About 70 percent of eligible Canadians have had at least one dose of vaccine and second doses are ramping up this month and next.

"I can tell you there is tremendous focus on making sure we're working together to do this as quickly and safely as possible because we all want to get back to normal, which means, yes moving quickly, but it also means avoiding any further massive waves", he said.

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Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12.

"We're not out of this pandemic yet, we're still seeing cases across the country and we want to get them down".

"That's why we are sticking with our principle of doing everything necessary to keep Canadians safe, first and foremost, even as we move forward on loosening restrictions in a responsible way".

New York Democratic Representative Brian Higgins on Friday rolled out a harsh reaction to the extension of travel restriction between the U.S. and Canada for another a month, calling the decision "bulls**t".

"What is now being considered as the first step in this approach is to allow fully vaccinated individuals now permitted to enter Canada to do so without the requirement to stay in government-authorized accommodations", Hajdu said.

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'Even though they are protected from hospitalization the people around them might not be, ' Trudeau said.

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Canadians and permanent residents will soon be able to upload a copy of their vaccine certificates to the ArriveCAN app, which will allow them to bypass mandatory hotel quarantine when they return.

"It's disappointing because it flies in the face of science and is unfair to Canadians who are being denied the ability to travel, and it's obviously very damaging to us economically as well", Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said in a phone interview.

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