BEFORE CHRIST. health officials must remain closed to visitors

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BEFORE CHRIST. Health officials are confident that the Canada-United States border should not reopen to visitors as soon as the clock expires on the current non-essential travel agreement expiring May 21.

Authorities in Canada and the United States are in talks about an expected increase in cross-border travel as economies begin to recover.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said traffic across the shared border is expected to increase as states and provinces reopen closed businesses, even though the Canada-US non-essential travel ban remains unchanged.

But these discussions are coming up against growing calls from the provinces not to open up the flow of tourists across the line.

“Absolutely, we have concerns about the opening of the border,” said British Columbia. Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Speaking to reporters at the province’s daily COVID-19 press conference, she acknowledged that there was some room for maneuver, with the exception of tourists.

“We have to look at family reunification, for example; I know it has been very difficult for some families who have members on both sides of the border, ”she said. “But a broad reopening of the borders is not in our interest in the weeks to come. “

We believe that the [U.S.] the border should not be open to visitors at this time.– BEFORE CHRIST. Minister of Health Adrian Dix

BEFORE CHRIST. Health Minister Adrian Dix agreed that only essential travel should be allowed at this time.

“It would make no sense to bring visitors from Canada to the United States and to return – or to have visitors, not essential traffic, but visitors – from the United States to Canada,” a- he says.

Dix said he would continue to call on his federal counterpart to do so for the foreseeable future.

“The Prime Minister has also made this point to the Prime Minister on several occasions: we believe that the border should not be opened to visitors at the moment,” said Dix, adding that he would come back to it at the next meeting of health ministers.

He noted the success of British Columbia’s decision to enforce the Federal Quarantine Act by following up with tens of thousands of returning travelers to ensure that they comply with self-segregation orders .

British Columbia’s decline mirrors that of other provinces such as Quebec and Ontario, where Premier Doug Ford has said that control at airports and border crossings should be increased tenfold if restrictions are lifted.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s office told CBC News there have been discussions, but no final recommendations regarding a possible timeline for lifting non-essential travel between British Columbia. and Washington state.

Almost 3,000 foreign nationals were denied entry to Canada from the United States between March 22 and May 3 because their travel goals were deemed non-essential. (Richard Lam / The Canadian Press)

Thousands are denied entry

Latest statistics from the Canada Border Services Agency reveal that nearly 3,000 foreign nationals were refused entry to Canada from the United States between March 22 and May 3 because their travel goal was not was not essential.

Almost nine in ten of them were U.S. citizens, who said they wanted to cross the border for discretionary purposes such as hiking, boating, opening a vacation home, attending a party. birthday or pick up a pet.

The figures also show a sharp drop in traffic. During the week of April 27, volumes decreased 88% at level crossings and 98% at airports compared to the same period last year.

In the week of May 3 alone, passengers arriving on flights from the United States decreased 99% and international air travelers decreased 97% compared to the same period last year.

All travelers entering Canada from abroad must present self-isolation plans to authorities upon arrival. Over 100 in British Columbia lacked sufficient quarantine plans and were placed in various hotels by the government.

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