11/18/2020 - LATEST EXTENSION OF BORDER RESTRICTIONS FULLY EXPECTED
LATEST EXTENSION OF BORDER RESTRICTIONS FULLY EXPECTED
The North Country Chamber of Commerce has termed the latest thirty day extension of border crossing restrictions "fully expected at this point."
"With increasing COVID-19 numbers on both sides of the border, we have had no reason to expect any relaxation of existing restrictions on non-essential border crossings at this time," states Garry Douglas, Chamber President. "Indeed, while we continue to advocate for consideration of some modest adjustments for family, property owners and essential business activity, we should anticipate the situation remaining mostly unchanged into the new year."
"In the meantime, commercial activity continues uninterrupted in both directions and this continues to support our area's manufacturers," he notes. "Interest from Canadian companies in the U.S. market remains strong, setting us up for what could be a good period of investment and growth next year as we come out of this challenge. The Chamber is conducting virtual session with almost twenty Quebec companies next week in fact."
"As border restrictions continue through the holidays," Douglas adds, "it becomes even more important that North Country residents continue to shop local and dine local, helping our area businesses into the new year and beyond. Actually, people in the area have in fact been doing this, which accounts for why local sales tax receipts are not down as much as once expected, but the holiday season is especially important for many of our small enterprises. More information on the Chamber's #shoplocaldinelocal campaign can be found on the Chamber website at northcountrychamber.com."