Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that the border between the United States and Canada will finally reopen to Canadians that are nonessential, vaccinated travelers.
The closure has been in place since March of 2020.
Since then, the border has remained closed, causing hardships for individuals, families, businesses and communities, who depended on cross-border travel to see loved ones or to generate revenue.
Schumer spoke with Department of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday.
“Kudos to president Biden for doing the right thing and increasing cross border travel between Canada and the U.S.,” said Senator Schumer, according to a press release. “The high vaccination rates on each side of the boarder have opened the door of safe cross border travel and will now safely increase the rebirth of the economic energy of Upstate NY.”
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures,” Schumer said. “That pain is about to end. Very soon, the link between New York and our northern neighbors will finally be re-established, reuniting families, bolstering businesses, and ending a frustrating cycle of waiting for everyone involved.”
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