COVID-19: Washington urged to ease border measures | Coronavirus

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COVID-19: Washington urged to ease border measures | Coronavirus

The Trudeau government will announce on Monday the abandonment of the last three measures in force at the borders, in particular the presentation of proof of vaccination.

US lawmakers call on Biden administration to follow Canada's lead and ease COVID-19 border restrictions.

Democratic Montana Senator Jon Tester wants the Department of Homeland Security to lift the vaccination requirement for truck drivers and other travelers arriving in the United States.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Senator Tester says vaccine proofs required at the border make cross-border trade more laborious and expensive.

In Congress, Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins of New York State also wants health restrictions lifted at U.S. borders.

CBC has learned that the government Trudeau will let the vaccination requirement expire for travelers entering the country as of Friday, September 30. The government will also drop random testing to screen travelers for COVID-19 at airports and mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make the announcement on Monday, says a senior federal government source, who requested anonymity because she is not authorized to speak publicly.

These measures have been widely criticized on both sides of the border.

The use of the ArriveCAN application will become optional from September 30.

The ArriveCAN application had experienced many failures since its implementation. Up to 3% of travelers were erroneously informed that they had to self-isolate upon their return to the country when they were exempt.

City mayors borders and the Canadian American Business Council also asked Ottawa to remove the controversial application, deemed harmful to tourism and trade.

Random tests have contributed to the very long delays at airports across the country, on top of delays caused by staff shortages. These tests had been suspended in June before being reinstated a month later.

Discussions are still taking place within the Trudeau cabinet to determine whether the wearing of mandatory masks on planes and domestic trains shall remain in effect beyond September 30.

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