New Brunswick Governor Janet Mills and Prime Minister Blaine Higgs have joined forces to ask the Canada Border Services Agency to relax restrictions on Americans who want to play at the 18-hole Aroostook Valley Country Club.
Mills and Higgs wrote a letter together to Erin O’Gorman, president of the Canada Border Services Agency in Ottawa, Ontario, asking for a solution that would make it easier for Americans to play the popular 93-year-old course.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Americans were unable to play the course for nearly two years. Americans must complete a series of steps — including providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination — to access the course. The country club has not yet regained the memberships it had before the pandemic and at one point feared the company was in jeopardy.
The golf course and clubhouse are located in Four Falls, New Brunswick, while the parking lot and pro shop are located in Fort Fairfield.
For starters, Americans must pass through a Canada Border Services Agency within 72 hours of entering a port of entry and also submit health information through the free ArriveCAN mobile app. They must also have a passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and must be processed through immigration and customs.
Prior to the pandemic, Americans did not have to travel through a border crossing to play on the course.
“As a result of this policy, U.S. attendance at the club has decreased, threatening the sustainability and continued operation of the club,” Mills and Higgs wrote in the letter, adding that the requirements for Americans are approximately 40 percent. minutes each way. try to enter the course.
Club pro and manager Steve Leitch said last week there were 28 Americans with golf memberships and 113 Canadians. Over the years, membership has usually been closely spaced and there have been slightly more Americans than Canadians.
The 141 current members are 48 less than the total for the pre-pandemic season.
Mills and Higgs named a golf course in Ontario, the Grenadier Island Country Club, which they say Americans can visit simply by checking in with the Canada Border Services Agency using a smartphone app.
“While this may not be the right solution for remote access to the [Aroostook Valley Country Club]we are writing to ask for your help in expediting the implementation of a solution that will alleviate the current situation,” the two wrote in the letter.
“As the club’s centenary is approaching, we must come together to preserve this important symbol of American-Canadian friendship for generations to come.”