The Minister of Health will soon promise notification of changes to the COVID-19 limits

The federal government will announce changes to COVID-19 prevention measures at the Canadian border “very soon,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Tuesday.

For weeks, the government has been facing increasing pressure to remove the requirement for fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Canada to submit to a negative molecular COVID-19 test.

Only for short-distance travelers can take the test in Canada before the trip begins, which further angers passengers and the tourism industry.

The rule is part of a council order that expires on sunday.

Public Health Director Dr Theresa Tam has defended the test demand in the past, saying it provides a second layer of protection at the border and prevents passengers from accidentally bringing cases to Canada.

But recently, he has announced that change may be underway.

“This requirement is being actively reviewed, and I’m sure more information will come,” Tam said at a news conference Friday.

After killing ministerial colleagues on Tuesday, Duclos said the government plans to make an announcement of the border in the coming days.

“November. 21 is the time when these council regulations need to be renewed, and the renewal will be accompanied by announcements,” he said.

As for when passengers will receive the update, the minister only said it would be “very soon”.

The test requirement for vaccinated travelers at the Canadian-U.S. border has received criticism from business leaders, mayors of border communities, the tourism industry, and travelers themselves.

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford said provincial leaders will discuss the suspension of COVID-19 test requirements at the border with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the first ministerial conference on Tuesday night.

“The consensus is that many prime ministers want to see it,” Ford said at a news conference Tuesday.

After the conference call, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that border testing was being discussed and the prime ministers expressed “broad support” for what the government intends to do.

However, the government is not expected to simply remove the test requirement in one fell swoop. Instead, it is expected to phase out the test requirement for people who are out of the country for less than 72 hours.

The Prime Minister’s Office said the prime ministers agreed with Trudeau that the pandemic was showing worrying signs of a resurgence and that they needed to remain vigilant.

The Canadian Tourism and Tourism Roundtable has held a press conference on Wednesday with business leaders and the Canadian and American Chambers of Commerce to put pressure on the government once again to waive the test requirement.

The group says the rule keeps American and Mexican visitors at home and damages trade and economic partnership in North America.

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