Washington State asks Canada for exemption from Point Roberts coronavirus – BC

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is asking Canada for help from U.S. residents of a small peninsula who have been stranded by the closure of the Canada-U.S. Border linked to the pandemic.Point Roberts is part of Washington State, but it juts out from the Canadian mainland south of Vancouver and is not connected to the rest of Washington.

About 1,300 Washington residents live there.

In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, Inslee noted that Point Roberts residents are isolated, but are generally able to cross Canada and return to Washington state to obtain goods and services or to see family and friends.

With the border closed to almost all travel since March 21, this has not been possible.

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Inslee suggested that Point Roberts residents could receive special travel permits that allow them to drive directly to and from mainland Washington state.

Canada has granted similar travel permits to Americans driving between Lower 48 and Alaska.

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