Immunization is the key to ending the pandemic, and Canadians are eager to open the door to a summer with fewer restrictions. The vaccine rollout across the country is working, and, today, the federal government announced fully vaccinated Canadians will no longer be required to quarantine in hotels.
"We've been working with our national chamber network to help Greater Victoria tourism businesses," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams says. "There is light ahead, and we're feeling much more hopeful after today's news, but we still have work to make sure all of our members can be part of the economic recovery."
One of the initiatives underway is a digital vaccine certification that will be key to safely travelling over international borders. The Chamber urges the federal government to act quickly on this initiative, and to offer a strategy with clear metrics so the tourism sector can plan for a safe re-opening.
On Tuesday, the Canadian Chamber partnered with the US Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations on a letter calling for the border to re-open for fully vaccinated travellers.