Gov. Janet Mills and members of Maine’s congressional delegation criticized the decision to keep the U.S. border closed, saying that it continues to hurt local businesses and families in the Northern and Eastern parts of the state.
But Boucher says businesses in her community continue to miss the hundreds of Canadians who would typically cross the border for events and summer festivals. “It’s still quite restrictive,” she says. “But at least we can go. And they can see their children and grandchildren.”
“So there’s all kinds of things that are hurting. The restaurants, the convenience stores, gasoline stations, grocery stores,” Boucher says. Sharon Boucher, the executive director of the St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce, says that was positive news for American residents that will soon be able to visit family in Canada, as she says some family members have been separated for months.
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