US companies are nervously waiting for an expected announcement when the US border will reopen to Canadian tourists.
Canada announced Monday that from August 9, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter the country, with the rest of the world to follow on September 7.
However, Canadians are still not allowed to enter the US by land, although they can currently fly.
The Canadian American Business Council has lobbied for a reciprocal agreement whereby the US would open its land border simultaneously with Canada.
Border closed for non-essential travel since March 2020
Chief executive Scotty Greenwood says the US is expected to announce its decision on Wednesday, when the existing cross-border ban on non-essential travel will expire if not extended.
The land border between Canada and the US has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21, 2020. The shutdown order has been extended every 30 days since then.
Small businesses in US border communities say they have been devastated by the collapse of Canadian tourism.
Nick Kiniski, owner of Kiniski’s Reef restaurant and bar in Point Roberts, Washington, says his business is down 80 percent because of the border closure.
Point Roberts is located just south of Vancouver, BC and can only be reached by vehicle through Canada, or by plane or private boat. It is not physically connected to the continental United States.