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PM hints at easing border restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers, eventually

Pressure has been mounting on the federal government to put a plan in place to allow cross-border travel to resume before restrictions renewed on June 21

June 8, 2021  The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will eventually take steps to ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated people — but he’s not saying when.

Nor is Trudeau providing details about what sort of measures are in the works, beyond insisting it will be a science-based decision.

He says it’s critically important that Canadians make every effort to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

As vaccination rates increase, pressure has been mounting on the federal government to put a plan in place to allow cross-border travel to resume before the restrictions are due for renewal on June 21.

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Several Canadian and U.S. business associations issued a fresh call for just such a plan, as did the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

U.S. lawmakers have also been pestering the Biden administration to begin easing restrictions before the summer travel season begins in earnest.