Dr. Henry advises not to get hopes up about US border opening

Don't expect border to open

B.C.'s top doctor, Dr. Bonnie Henry says cross border travel to the U.S. this summer, "not likely."  

During Monday's briefing, Dr. Bonnie Henry described travel across the U.S. border, "concerning" especially given the number of cases in the U.S.

"Back in March we had a lot of people in across the border," Dr. Henry said. "A number of our new cases are people who've either travelled or been in contact with somebody who just came back from the U.S."

CTV News Vancouver is reporting that a modelling briefing last month, showed that many of the virus cases recorded in B.C. are from "Washington state-like strains." 

Right now the border between B.C. and Washington State is closed to non-essential travel, with some exceptions for immediate family members. 

But until virus rates in the United States start to drop, both Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say people shouldn't expect the border to open for pleasure travel.

"It's important to remember it's not just the issue of people visiting Canada," Dix said. "It's Canadians visiting the United States that would not be possible at this point."

-with files from CTV News Vancouver


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