Canada extends ban on non-essential travel with US until July 21

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Earlier on Friday, Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the restrictions on non-essential travel between the Canada-U.S. border will remain in place until July 21.

In March 2020, all non-essential travel was closed between the Canada-US border.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, still in quarantine at Rideau cottage following his trip overseas, has a news conference set for Friday morning.

The province has sent mixed messages in recent days about whether people who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should get a second dose of the same vaccine or opt for one of the others.

As of Thursday, over 30 million vaccine doses have been administered in Canada.

"At the same time, we also know we have to hit our target of 75 per cent vaccination with the first dose, at least 20 per cent vaccinated with the second dose, before we start loosening things up because even a fully vaccinated individual can pass on COVID-19 to someone who is not vaccinated, and that means we have to really make sure that communities to which they will return are not at risk".

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

Canada only started getting U.S. manufactured vaccines in May as the United States didn't allow for exports until then.

"We are working on two tracks in terms of proof of vaccination for Canadians who wish to travel", Trudeau said.

However, he said, Quebec isn't planning to allow the use of proof of vaccination for people to access private activities, like concerts, in the province. He noted how France now allows Canadians and Americans to visit, which makes it easier to travel overseas than within this country and to our closest neighbour.

The prime minister, who is in quarantine after a trip to the United Kingdom and Brussels to attend worldwide summits, provided some detail about the government's plan to ease restrictions.

It says the first step will be to allow people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 - and who are permitted to enter the country - to forego mandatory hotel quarantine.

"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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