Business owners in New York’s North Country were rejoicing on Wednesday (Oct. 13), relieved to know that the U.S.-Canada border would soon be reopening, and likely just in time for the holiday season, according to NBC 5.
“Woohoo! Literally, I was so excited,” said Norma Hill, owner of Norma J’s Cafe and Bake Shop.
Hill moved into a new location during the pandemic and is ready for that move to pay off.
“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.
With the Canadian border closed many seasonal businesses, like campgrounds, 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 heard from his Canadian visitors.
“They wish they had more time. They wish this had come earlier when they got some time to enjoy,” Fesette said.