Canada extends border closure

Dec 2, 2020 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

You can easily see the Canadian shoreline from Ottawa County, especially Middle Island and Pelee Island just north of Ohio’s Kelleys Island, the most southerly portions of our neighbor to the north. But Americans are still are not allowed to go there unless they are essential workers.

Canada closed its borders to Americans on March 18, and each month since officials have continued the ban. The high infection rates of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States brought about the travel restriction, and the current surge has prompted Canadian officials this week to continue the closure until Monday, Dec. 21, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The border closure statement: “To protect Canadians and to reduce the possible burden travelers could place on our health care system due to COVID-19, travel restrictions are in place across all ports of entry.”

For those in the states who have vacation homes on Pelee Island, a popular summer location, they are not allowed to even visit their properties. For American anglers eager to chase walleye, smallmouth bass or yellow perch in those prime Lake Erie waters of Canada, forget it.

The order was relaxed in October to allow family members or significant others of Canadians to cross the border for family visits. Health care workers needed in Canada are also allowed, as well as truckers delivering goods, but not American tourists crossing the border to sightsee, or for recreation, entertainment, social visits and religious functions.

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