The business owners in North Country in New York were rejoicing on Wednesday, happy that the U.S.-Canada border is re-opening and most likely before the Christmas season, a report said.
“Woohoo! Literally, I was so excited,” said Norma Hill, owner of Norma J’s Cafe and Bake Shop.
“I’m hoping it’ll double our business because right now with the traffic going by, it’s only American traffic and we were counting on the Canadian traffic. And holidays, we just missed one,” Hill said.
As the Canadian border closed, so did several seasonal businesses and many, including camping sites, suffered.
“You know, a customer base of Canadians that’s in the range of 60-65%, and these are people, many of them are long-term customers. And we haven’t had them for two years,” said Neil Fesette, owner of Plattsburgh RV Park. “It’s been tough on them because they very much want to be here, and it’s been tough on us.”
Fesette said he’s already talked to his Canadian guests.
“They wish they had more time. They wish this had come earlier when they got some time to enjoy,” Fesette said.
The reopening of the border is likely to benefit tourism, manufacturing, and business. People are also thrilled for families and friends who will be getting together after two years of separation.