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Businesses and residents of Minnesota's Northwest Angle and border communities in the U. Starting Aug. Vaccinated travelers from the rest of the world can do the same starting Sept. Since Marchthe Angle's 14 resorts have been cut off from their main customer base of American tourists, Henry said.
To get to the Northwest Angle, travelers have to drive about 40 miles through Canada before crossing back into Minnesota. American cabin owners have also been separated from their properties for more than a year due to the pandemic restrictions at the border.
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Some business owners are skeptical of what the relaxed restrictions will really mean for their business. Vaccinated people can enter the country without quarantining, but they will still need to provide a negative, non-rapid COVID test taken within 72 hours of flight departure or arrival at a land crossing. Travelers must also proof of full vaccination to a Canadian government app at least 14 days before departure.
Erik Lohn, who co-owns KaBeeLo Lodge near Ear Falls, Ontario with his wife Allysson, said he's weighing the costs of starting up his business again for a shortened season. KaBeeLo is a summertime-only fly-out fishing outfitter, and some of its locations are only accessible via floatplane.
If they don't have enough reservations on the books, they won't be able to cover the cost of plane maintenance, fuel, insurance and staff salaries, which means they won't open in The good news for Lohn is right now it looks like he has enough reservations booked to make it worth opening this year. His staff is willing to come back for a shortened season, and he's already had some fully vaccinated guests call and ask to book a reservation for the end of August, saying they'll go through whatever hoops they have to in order to get their fishing trip with KaBeeLo.
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The bad news is some of his guests who already booked reservations might have to cancel due to their vaccination status, or that of someone in their group. Lohn worries that parents or others traveling with children might hesitate to get their children vaccinated, which would prevent their group from being able to cross the border.
Over the next day or two, Lohn will call every group leader on the books to make sure everyone in their group has been fully vaccinated or has a plan to be fully vaccinated in time to make their reservation. Laura Walsh, who runs Walsh's Bay Store Camp in the Northwest Angle with her husband Frank, said she'll call all their reservations in the next day or so to make sure they have a plan to be fully vaccinated in time for their trip. Walsh said the required COVID test for vaccinated people will probably confuse some of their customers.
Since the camp opened on May 1 this year, they've only had 10 guests.
Inthey had In a typical year, they host between and people. Still though, Walsh predicts the rest of the summer season will be busy. Although the rest of the season is still up in the air, Erik Lohn is very hopeful for what this border opening means for next year's season. Maya Miller is a reporting intern at the Star Tribune.
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