Land border reopens to Canadians

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After 19 long months Canadians can once again drive to visit our southern neighbours.

Land crossings into the United States opened at Windsor, Point Edward and across the country Nov. 8. They’d been closed to non-essential travel since the pandemic started, leaving flights as the only way to cross the border.

Eager travellers lined up overnight including many snowbirds in RVs and campers. Anyone wishing to travel must show proof of full vaccination and submit a negative COVID test to return to Canada.

The news was long overdue for those wishing to see family and friends, check on properties or simply do some cross-border shopping. But people are still being warned to play it smart given the country’s lower vaccination rates and widely varying public health precautions from state to state.

“There is always a hazard associated with doing anything… Just because you’re in a place where that same strictness of rules does not apply, be smart about it,” says Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby.

“If I ride a motorcycle in a state in the United States where there is no helmet law, do you still think it’s a good idea to wear a helmet when you’re riding a motorcycle? The answer I think is obvious, absolutely it is safer to adopt that protection,” he says.

Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent

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