The last time the U.S. Government stopped travel over the border it meant many hunters, cabin owners, and Minnesota tourists had to stay home.

I talked to a couple of people that owned cabins in Canada and couldn't travel to it. So, in order to keep it up, they were forced to hire someone to stay in it or at least check on it in order to make sure it wasn't taken over by animals.

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According to Reuters, the CDC and the U.S. State Department said the COVID numbers were rising at an alarming rate and advised against travel to Canada. As you recall, the U.S. and Canada opened borders for travel last November. They were going to open borders many times before that date but COVID numbers were too high.

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The CDC and U.S. State department were alarmed at how fast the cases were growing with the new Omicron variant. Canada wasn't the only one flagged for travel. Reuters says about 80 destinations were flagged and put to level 4, which is a high level issued with a warning to avoid travel to that country.

The CDC elevated its travel recommendation to "Level Four: Very High" for Canada, telling Americans they should avoid travel, while the State Department also on Monday issued its "Level Four: Do Not Travel" advisory here for Canada citing COVID-19 cases.

This is also bad news to Minnesota businesses because Canadians spend their money in our area here in the Twin Ports, and money is spent in resorts in Northern Minnesota. The Twin Cities are also losers when it comes to the border being closed.

There are also hockey tournaments that take place on both sides of the borders that will have to be canceled as well. Money will be lost with the tournaments being played with fewer teams or having to cancel for lack of kids playing.

The U.S. is hoping this will slow the spread as it did last time it decided to close the border before they have to close it again. The only travel both Canada and the U.S. are sanctioning is trucking and shipping vehicles.

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