CALAIS — Fully vaccinated travelers from Mexico and Canada will be able to once again visit the United States starting next month.
Canadians traveling into Maine play an important role in the economies of several border towns.
Local business owners like Carl Bailey, co-owner of The Roost, know how vital the extra traffic is not only for businesses, but for family as well.
“Its gonna be tremendous. Obviously there’s a lot of impact. They have a greater population on the Canadian side than we have here in terms of consolidated areas. A lot of businesses rely on that traffic as well,” Bailey said. “Not to mention, there are family members who can’t even visit each other because the borders closed.”
Calais City Manager Mike Ellis said his city has been anticipating this announcement for some time.
“It’s going to have a huge impact on our border community here. Not just for businesses, but also socially. There’s a lot of connections that we have obviously with our Canadian friends across the border,” Ellis said.
Sen. Susan Collins, who has been a strong advocate of the border reopening, said she is delighted this has happened.
“It’s going to help our border small businesses cause a lot of times Canadians come over to buy gas and milk, for example, which are cheaper on the American side. And its going to help our hospitality industry which has really missed seeing those Canadian tourists,” Collins said.