The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for another month.
"As we have said, the government is planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, Permanent Residents, and others who are now permitted to enter Canada and will provide further details on Monday, June 21", wrote Bill Blair, inister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
"As we have said, the government is planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, Permanent Residents, and others who are now permitted to enter Canada", Blair noted.
Measures to limit non-essential worldwide travel have been in place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, with the latest extension set to expire Monday.
Friday's announcement comes as airlines, tour operators and other businesses plead with governments on both sides of the border to start reopening, with the vital summer season about to begin.More news: Vietnam to receive a million Covid vaccine doses by July
Trudeau said the government needs to ensure communities to which fully vaccinated travelers return to are not at risk.
According to the New York Times World Vaccination Tracker, about 66 per cent of Canadians have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and 15 per cent are fully vaccinated.
"We are looking forward to getting back to normal as quickly as possible", said Trudeau during a Friday morning virtual news conference from Rideau Cottage.
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Calls for the relaxing of pandemic border controls between the countries have intensified, particularly in light of a Washington announcement that the U.S. would send additional vaccine doses to Canada. The restrictions have been extended month by month since.More news: Israel military confirms airstrikes on Gaza
"If we are able to avoid more outbreaks like we've seen in some places across the country, even recently, by delaying a little bit more by keeping people safe - so we're not seeing more people in hospitals, and more people and more families losing loved ones - then that's the right decision", Trudeau said from his Ottawa residence, where he is isolating after a trip to the U.K.to meet with leaders from G7 nations. And Atlantic Canada will be closed to Canadians from elsewhere in Canada well into July.
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"We hope to be able to resolve those issues in the coming weeks in time for bringing in loosened restrictions around travel".
Vaccination rates are one of the key benchmarks Trudeau's government is considering before allowing more non-essential travel.More news: Bidens to have tea with Queen Elizabeth as G7 ends