As I said a week ago, the United States and Canada border is expected to remain closed until May or June of 2021. It could continue well past the summer if the Canadian Prime Minister is to be understood.
Canada will not agree to lifting a ban on non-essential travel with the United States until the coronavirus outbreak is significantly under control around the world, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.
Trudeau’s comments were a clear indication that the border restrictions will last well into 2021.
So anyone thinking next season will go back to normal because vaccines have been introduced is very much mistaken.
Vaccines are not expected to begin to reach the regular population until late summer. Once again effecting all tryouts and camps next year, and in line with that all recruiting.
Still to be determined is exactly how the borders will be reopened as well. Proof of vaccine? Proof of antibodies? Testing at the borders both ways? Nothing has been determined, and these things will not be determined in any reasonable time frame.
So many people wasted last summer because they were not prepared. We constantly said that the camps and showcase events of years past were not going to happen, and the borders would not open. Yet, most people wanted to argue that I was wrong.
As we approach the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, maybe its time everyone begins to prepare for a repeat of last summer.
While the vaccines are great, and they will allow us to get back to normal for sure in late 2021 or early 2022, they will not be made available to the general public until mid to late summer of 2021.
While Canada may vaccinate its citizens fairly quickly, the United States has ten times the population, and it will take a much longer period of time to get things under control. This is just common sense.
Prepare now for what will likely be a repeat of last summer. Or just listen to people who sell hope based on ideas and not facts. That worked out so well last summer. Didn’t it?
Joseph Kolodziej – Adviser