Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and Senator Patrick Leahy issued statements today in response to the Canadian Government’s announcement that it will ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Americans, effective August 9.
Governor Scott said: “I am encouraged to hear that the Canadian Government has announced they will soon welcome fully vaccinated Americans to Canada once again. Vermonters value the close trading relationship and friendship we share with Canadians, and I know many are eagerly awaiting visiting again after more than 16 months.
“As Vermont leads the United States in vaccinations, and Canada makes great progress administering vaccines, now is the time to begin safely resuming non-essential travel, and I hope our federal government follows suit. The Green Mountain State looks forward to welcoming our neighbors to the north back to Vermont, I look forward to learning more from our federal partners in the coming days.”
Senator Leahy said: "I am delighted to hear that fully-vaccinated Vermonters will be able to visit Canada for non-essential purposes. I have been hearing from Vermonters throughout the pandemic about the need to reopen the border and visit our neighbors in the north to see family and friends. I believe it is important for us to follow Canada’s lead and reopen our side of the border to fully-vaccinated Canadians for non-essential travel purposes. Our Congressional Delegation called for a resumption of greater cross-border travel in the beginning of June and we will continue to call for a safe reopening of the Northern Border until that is accomplished."