Canada takes cautious step toward lifting border restrictions, businesses fret

Canada on Wednesday took a cautious first step toward easing COVID-19 border restrictions, saying it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July.

Canada’s air and land borders have allowed for only essential travel since March of last year, and people returning home are required to quarantine for 14 days. If they arrive by air, they also must stay in a designated hotel until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

“The first step … is to allow fully vaccinated individuals currently permitted to enter Canada to do so without the requirement to