ZEELAND, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – The U.S.-Canada border has been closed to non-essential travel for more than a year, but as COVID-19 vaccination numbers increase and case counts dwindle, lawmakers from border states are calling for a reopening plan.

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) is one of those lawmakers. He said it is time to lift the border crossing restrictions to nonessential traffic.

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“We need to open in a safe and low risk of a manner as we possibly can,” said Rep. Huizinga in an interview with Politico.

The current border closure order is set to expire June 21st, but it has been repeatedly extended.

Ontario has been particularly stringent in its COVID-19 protocols, with Premier Doug Ford implementing reopenings and shutdowns several times this year. The province moved into its most recent reopening plan last Friday.

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