The light at the end of the tunnel for our northern border communities
After 19 long months of pandemic restrictions along the Canada-U.S. border, our border towns and communities can start building back better. This week, the Biden administration announced that fully vaccinated Canadians will be able to travel to the United States by land and sea starting on November 8.
The decision to reopen comes after I repeatedly called on the Trump and Biden administrations to follow the science and safely reopen the Canada-U.S. border. The closure has exacted a devastating and unique toll on our border towns that rely on seasonal tourism from Canadian travelers. Month-after-month of extended restrictions have caused families to move elsewhere and businesses to close. Some communities are unrecognizable from where they started at the beginning of this crisis.
I am grateful that the Biden administration will begin to safely lift restrictions, but our work is not done. Many border communities, especially Point Roberts, will need additional support and resources to recover. That’s why I am championing the Point Roberts Small Business Fairness Act to help struggling small businesses in exclave communities like Point Roberts and will continue to look for opportunities that ensure that our northern-most communities are not being left behind.
As always, I am here to help you. If you need assistance at this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to leave a message at my Kirkland office at (425) 485-0085. For more updates on what I’m doing for WA-01, you can follow me on social media at the links above.
Stay safe and stay healthy,Suzan