If you miss your old smoke-free casino across the water, we've got good news this morning. Travel restrictions to Canada may begin to lift by the end of the month.
In a June 8 news conference, (Canadian Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau said he still wants to wait until 75% of Canadians are vaccinated (before reopening the border). As of Wednesday, nearly 63% of Canadians have had one dose and nearly 9% are fully vaccinated.
Trudeau has, however, faced pressure from constituents, businesses and government officials to reopen sooner.
Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati told USA Today that he and other mayors of border cities met with Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on May 28 to discuss reopening possibilities.
The Canadian government is thinking of easing restrictions through a phased approach once 75% of Canadians have had at least one shot, Diodati said, and they could potentially reach that goal by June 21.
Look at those numbers. On this side of the border, where vaccines have been plentiful for weeks, only a little over 51 percent of Americans have had at least one dose, and 42 percent are fully vaccinated. It's almost as though those Canadians are happy to get their shots and don't fear being magnetized.