At 12:00 am fully vaccinated Americans were allowed entry into Canada for non-essential reasons (e.g., tourists). There were expectations of line-ups at our Customs Office but when I went up there this morning I saw no cars.
I found out later that the rush happened over-night and that Island Residents were at the Border to greet friends and family. I was asleep. 🙂
If you’re planning to come visit, you’ll need proof of both vaccinations and a negative test in the previous 72 hours. You will be expected to have uploaded that information into the ArriveCan app.
There are still a few people on the Island who have refused to get their needles. I can tell from conversations with them (particularly the teenagers) that they won’t do it until their vaccination status interferes with something they want – like attending school on the mainland. They haven’t actually figured that out yet though.
I expect that when the US opens its Borders to Canadians they will require everybody to have had both their shots. This will be the incentive holdouts need if they ever want to cross that bridge and go to Lubec, or Calais, or Machias, etc.,
Our “essential travel” exemptions will disappear, so even just driving through Maine to get to St. Stephen will require those shots. The Pharmacy might have to get back into the vaccination business. 🙂