Sunday 14 November 2021

COVID-19: What to expect when you cross the Canada-USA border

Global News in Canada shows that with the USA border now open to non-essential travel for fully-vaccinated individuals, people can hop across for a 1-day trip or longer if they choose.

But if you're planning to cross, there's a few rules you'll need to be aware of including when you will need a COVID-19 test and how long you might have to wait.

Joe Scarpelli takes a look at what you need to know and what he went through when he made his own trip to the USA and back into Canada.

The global COVID-19 pandemic had a deep impact on the Canadian economy, leading it into a recession. The governments' social distancing rules had the effect of limiting economic activity in the country. Companies started considering mass-layoffs of workers, which was largely prevented by the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. But despite these efforts, Canada's unemployment rate was 13.5% in May 2020, the highest it has been since 1976.

Many large-scale events that planned to take place in 2020 in Canada were cancelled or delayed. This includes all major sporting and artistic events. Canada's tourism and air travel sectors were hit especially hard due to travel restrictions. Some farmers feared a labour shortfall and bankruptcy.

COVID-19 affected certain consumer behaviours. In the early stages of the pandemic, Canadian grocery stores were the site of large-scale so-called panic buying which lead to many empty shelves. By the end of March, most stores were closed to walk-in customers with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies, which implemented strong social distancing rules in their premises. These rules were also implemented in other Canadian businesses as they began to re-open in the following months.

1 comment:

  1. Vaccinating a high percentage of the population against COVID-19 is a crucial part of the USA strategy to decrease the pandemic.

    Since COVID-19 vaccine distribution began in the United States on Dec. 14, more than 434 million doses have been administered, fully vaccinating over 194 million people or 58.5% of the total USA population.

    Currently, 2 of the 3 COVID-19 vaccines that are available in the U.S. require a 2-shot regimen to reach full vaccination. The third vaccine requires just one shot.

    Researchers for USA have estimated that around 70% to 85% of the country needs to be immune to the coronavirus for COVID-19 to stop spreading through communities and "disappear."