Western New Yorkers wishing to hunker down at their cottages in Canada will have to wait at least a little longer.
On Monday, June 8, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canadian border would open on a very limited basis: only immediate family of Canadian citizens or permanent residents are allowed to enter Canada. Trudeau's policy defines "immediate family as "spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, parents or step-parents, and guardians or tutors."
Additionally, anyone in this category who enters Canada will have to quarantine there for two weeks. Penalties for failure to do so are a fine of $750,000 and six months in jail. Anyone trying to enter Canada who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will be declined entry.
The Canadian border closure expires on June 22, unless it is extended for a third time.
That being the case, the new policy allowing family visits is extremely narrow in scope. It defines immediate family as spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, parents or step-parents, and guardians or tutors. And anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 will be turned away at the border.