Two Tourist Boats Are Handling The Pandemic Differently
Although, there are currently no plans to reopen the Canada/United States border until at least August 21, there is a region where it is still permitted for Canadian and American tourists to walk by one another , and this is Niagara Falls.
A new footage of tour boats at the waterfall displays a vessel full of people under the operation of US company Maid of the Mist which is seen directly sailing past a mildly populated boat that is operated by Hornblower Niagara Cruises.
While the US boats are filled at 50% capacity, the Canadian boats are being a lot more careful by operating at only 15% capacity.
A Canadian reporter stated that; "You can see why the pandemic is raging in the States but not in Canada when you look at the difference between the boats."
"The Maid of the Mist is following the guidance of New York State health officials," says the US tour company. "With the safety of our guests and employees in mind, we have implemented a number of changes to our operation to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience."
Facemasks are compulsory in American tour boats and social distance markers have been placed all around the boat.
Nonetheless, from its population of about 37.6 million people, Canada has had about 114,000 Covid19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
The US on the other hand, has a population of 328 million people with over 4 million Covid19 cases reported as at July 22
In addition to this, the Canadian/US bored is known as the longest, undefended border on Earth and it has been closed to all "non-essential traffic" due to the pandemic since March. However, this agreement is consistently reviewed by the US and Canadian Governments after each 30 days passes.
Justin Trudeau; Canada’s Prime Minister has stated in a response to reporters this month that "We recognize that the situation continues to be complex in the United States with regard to Covid-19." According to Trudeau, "We are going to continue to keep Canadians safe and to keep our economy flowing."