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Canada ends pandemic restrictions on Northwest Angle residents' travel


DAVID JOLES - Star Tribune

A scene along the main road, which is gravel, in Angle Inlet, Minn., in the Northwest Angle, in 2015.

The Canadian government announced Friday that residents of Minnesota's Northwest Angle driving through Canada to the United States will be exempt from pre- and post-arrival COVID-19 testing.

Star Tribune file

The Grand Portage Point of Entry on the U.S. border with Canada has seen a large decrease in traffic over the last week. Very few cars passed through on Friday afternoon. ]

The action ends more than a year's pandemic restrictions that caused significant hardship to residents and businesses. It was part of a broader Canadian government announcement that it is extending some quarantine measures and travel restrictions.

"To address unique situations along the Canada-U.S. border, residents of Alaska who transit through Yukon by car to get to another part of Alaska, and residents of Northwest Angle, Minnesota, traveling by car through Canada to mainland U.S., will be exempt from pre- and post-arrival testing," the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a news release.


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