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PM hints at easing border restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers, eventually

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will eventually take steps to ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated people — but he’s not saying when. 

Nor is Trudeau providing details about what sort of measures are in the works, beyond insisting it will be a science-based decision. 

He says it’s critically important that Canadians make every effort to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. 

As vaccination rates increase, pressure has been mounting on the federal government to put a plan in place to allow cross-border travel to resume before the restrictions are due for renewal on June 21.

Several Canadian and U.S. business associations issued a fresh call today for just such a plan, as did the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

U.S. lawmakers have also been pestering the Biden administration to begin easing restrictions before the summer travel season begins in earnest. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 8, 2021.

The Canadian Press