EDITORIAL: The border slowly returns to normal
There was quite a surge at some U.S.-Canada border crossings on Monday morning — the first day in 20 months that double vaccinated Canadians were allowed to cross the border for non-essential reasons.
The backlog was eventually dealt with and many of the lines decreased throughout the day. But it was still a telling reminder that people have been eager to cross for quite some time.
Whether it’s the separation of family members for over a year and a half or simply the joys of cross-border shopping, there are many reasons why Canadians will want to head over into the United States once again.
This is cause for celebration. Any return to normal is good news. We believe this should have happened many weeks sooner. But it’s happened now and for that we are grateful.
The U.S. does not require a negative test from Canadians upon entry. They’re also accepting mixed doses (for example: First shot AstraZeneca, second shot Pfizer), something that had been up in the air for a while.
But to come back into Canada is another story. Canadians returning home actually need to provide proof of a negative test upon entry, one that was no more than 72 hours upon re-entry.
The feds have said they’re already reviewing this rule. That’s good news. Because it seems both needlessly strict and costly.
If the U.S. doesn’t require a test for foreign visitors to enter, we shouldn’t require one for those same visitors — our own citizens — to come home.
Then there’s the fact that these tests costs around $200. That’s a large chunk of change and can add up for a family of, say, 5 persons.
We are making progress with our return to normal. It doesn’t always happen in the way everyone wants or at the speed everyone wants, but we’re getting there.