Border towns in Canada ‘petrified’ by possibility of U.S. easing coronavirus measures

Canadian towns along the country’s U.S. border fear they will be harmed if the United States eases measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, with some making contingency plans and others appealing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants the U.S. economy to reopen by Easter Sunday, April 12, despite the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the United States and a rising death toll from the disease.

Health experts, along with some U.S. governors and industry leaders, oppose any proposal that would prematurely end stay-at-home mandates designed to slow the spread of the virus.

“I’m petrified of what that would mean for Canada,” said Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, whose town is located an hour’s drive across the border from Flint, Michigan, and is Canada’s second busiest truck crossing.

The majority of Canada’s population lives within 100 km of the 8,891-km (5,525-mile) border, according to the 2016 Census, and more than a quarter of a million people cross it on a normal day.

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