The federal government announced today it plans to let fully vaccinated tourists visit Canada again soon.
Ottawa now says that — starting Aug. 9 at 12:01 a.m. ET. — fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in that country will be able to visit Canada without having to quarantine for two weeks.
The government said it then plans to open Canada’s borders to fully vaccinated travellers from all other countries on Sept. 7.
Officials also announced today that as of Aug. 9, children under 12 — who aren’t yet approved to receive a vaccine — will be exempt from the quarantine requirement after entering Canada and can move around with their parents if they follow public health measures.
But those children are advised to avoid group settings such as school, camps and daycares — especially indoor ones.
“The key here is for parents or any travellers coming to Canada to understand what are the requirements and plan accordingly,” said a government official speaking on background to journalists today
“It is possible that they are attending tourist locations or activities — as long as things are outdoors, I think the risks are limited.”
I’m sure this is a relief to the Stratford Festival, where they rely on their audience coming from Detroit, Toledo, Buffalo, and other places south of their border. Let’s go, Ken.