Washington’s border towns are struggling as crossings remain closed to Canadians

Washington’s border towns are struggling as crossings remain closed to Canadians

things are quiet at hakam singh’s gas station and convenience store way too quiet this business can’t survive not even a month canadian visitors come to border towns like sumas to buy essentials like gas and milk because they’re much cheaper in the u.s since the border closure here 16 months ago singh went from selling 150 000 gallons of gasoline a month to just 10 000. through an interpreter he tells us his business is off more than 90 percent his whole business it depends on the border the canadian customer especially because sumas is a tiny town it has population only i think so eight to nine hundred yeah these businesses cannot survive without the canadian border open canadians bring more than 150 million dollars to whatcom county alone every year last year the united states and canada drew up a road map for reopening where the two countries pledged to work closely together and take a coordinated approach to open the border but that doesn’t seem to be happening while vaccination rates between canada and washington are the same and well above the national number america remains closed off i’m kind of sick and tired of hearing this line of we’ve been in constant communication and we’ve been collaborating constantly dr lori troutman runs the border policy research institute at western washington university she says one key reason the border is still closed is america simply isn’t ready that unlike canada the u.s has not developed a system to use at the land border to screen for travelers health information so we couldn’t just tomorrow you know open the border to healthy travelers we’d be opening them to all travelers for now this city that touts itself as a great place to do business looks to the government and higher powers to keep it alive it’s just he cannot do anything but what he got to do the united states could technically reopen its border in just a few days on august 21st when it reassesses but at this point that looks like a long shot live in sumas at the canadian border eric wilkinson king 5 news
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Washington\'s border towns are struggling as crossings remain closed to Canadians

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