On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed to travel into Canada beginning mid-August.
This is exciting news for Rochester businesses that benefit from Canadian tourism.
Don Jeffries, the President and CEO of Travel Rochester, gives some background on how the closed border effected businesses and stated:
“I am guessing off the top of my head, between 20 and 30 percent would be Canadian. Last year, two years ago before the pandemic, we did a little research with our partners over at Eastview Mall and over one weekend, a third of all their receipts came from Canada. We are a pretty inexpensive place to shop and for some reason, there are certain brands that are not avaliable in Canada, so the Canadians do come here.”