Thousands of Canadians head to the southern United States again

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Activity rooms for woodcarving, pottery making and quilting have reopened for the first time since March 2020. Hundreds of people will gather for bingo nights and a weekly church service, as they did before the pandemic. .

“Last winter was surreal: empty streets, canceled organized activities, closed common areas,” said Kristi Getz, an American at the trailer complex. Now, he said, “Our poker games are on again, awaiting the return of the Canadians.”

Her husband, Timothy, added: “Nobody does happy hour like our Canadian friends!”

A big draw for Canadians is the ability to visit a nearby Mexican town, Los Algodones, for bargain-priced medical care, massages, manicures, and entertainment.

Because they are older, snowbirds were particularly vulnerable to contracting Covid-19. Many cities, including Yuma, had high infection and hospitalization rates.

Nearly one million Canadians injected $ 1 billion into Arizona’s economy in 2019. Last year, that number plummeted to 257,000, who spent $ 325 million.

With the borders reopening and high vaccination rates, the Arizona Tourism Office is optimistic about this season, said Becky Blaine, deputy director of the office.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have said they expect heavy traffic and delays at border crossings for a while, because agents will need to verify travelers are vaccinated.

But that doesn’t deter couples like the Peters. “We are ready to enjoy what America has to offer,” Peters said.

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