U.S. government prepares to reopen land border to fully vaccinated Canadians in advance of Black Friday

It's good news for Point Roberts, community of 1,100 U.S. residents on a peninsula south of Delta, B.C.

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      The Biden Administration will soon allow nonessential Canadian travellers to cross the land border into the United States.

      In a briefing with reporters on October 12, government officials said that these visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

      Mexicans who are fully vaccinated will also be allowed to visit the United States across land borders.

      At this point, it's unclear if people who took two different vaccines will be permitted entry. That's because U.S. Centers for Disease Control hasn't yet determined which vaccines or vaccine combinations will make the cut.

      The U.S. government has not approved the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has received the green light from the World Health Organization.

      In the briefing, officials stated that the land border will be reopened by U.S. Thanksgiving, which is on November 25.

      This means that fully vaccinated Canadians will be able to visit U.S. border towns on November 26 on Black Friday, which is the biggest shopping day of the year.

      Canada eased border restrictions on August 9, allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to take nonessential trips to this country.

      The reopening of the U.S. border is good news for Point Roberts, which is a U.S. community of 1,110 residents on a peninsula south of Delta, B.C. Businesses in Point Roberts have suffered significant losses due to the lack of Canadian visitors since March 2020 when the pandemic was declared.