Travel restrictions still in place for those wanting to travel to Canada

Canada prepares to ease quarantine rules for vaccinated travelers: Bloomberg

"In the weeks to come, we will have more to say about the measures that we could relax for people who have had two doses", Trudeau told a news conference.

Speculation has been rampant in recent days that the US may be preparing to go it alone with plans to relax the border restrictions before June 21, regardless of whether Canada is ready to reciprocate.

When pressed on when he expected border restrictions to ease, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Monday he didn't wish to make any guesses.

The current non-essential travel restrictions with the US have been in place since March, 2020 and are set to expire on June 21.

"It is clearly the beginning of the end of the border shutdown", he said in a statement that also pointed to a newly revised State Department travel advisory, moving Canada from Level 4 "Do Not Travel" status to the less alarming "Reconsider".

Trudeau has mentioned a 75% vaccination rate as a key threshold when asked about potentially reopening the border.

He says it's critically important that Canadians make every effort to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. More than 60% of Canadians have received a first dose with about 8% fully vaccinated, according to data tracked by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

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Citing the public safety minister, the mayor of Niagara Falls, Ont., says in a recent meeting with the mayors of other border cities, there were suggestions that the federal government could ease restrictions on June 22.

Business groups are calling on the Canadian and USA governments to relax border restrictions for vaccinated travelers this month, increasing pressure on Justin Trudeau to act swiftly.

Signatories to the letter include the Canadian and USA chambers of commerce, the Retail Council of Canada, the National Retail Federation in the US, the Business Council of Canada, industry group the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

Doing so, they said, "would sustain jobs, boost business confidence and allow more families to reunite".

US lawmakers have also been pestering the Biden administration to begin easing restrictions before the summer travel season begins in earnest. Science and progress in fighting the pandemic have made this possible.

Trudeau is not providing details about what sorts of measures are in the works beyond insisting it will be a science-based decision. "We all understand that we want to get back to normal".

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