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    Vaccinated Americans venture back to Canada after 17-month border closure


    Windsor — After nearly two years away, Fred Poe of Troy was excited to play the Canadian lottery at the Ouellette Tower Variety store in Windsor.

    Poe was able to make the trek Monday as Canada reopened its borders to vaccinated Americans following a 17-month, pandemic-induced closure. 

    “After everything naturally shut down, I was stuck at home, but I love to play the lottery in Canada,” said Poe, a former General Motors auto dealer who is semi-retired. “There was no one in line at the (Ambassador) Bridge for me.”

    Poe has a Nexis card that’s renewed every six years and said it helped him wait only 10 minutes to cross the Detroit-Windsor border Monday.

    “After 17 months, I forgot the procedure of how to get through,” added Poe, 70. “They are doing a fairly thorough check at the border requesting two shots of vaccination, recent COVID tests, and even a quarantine plan. I just said I’d stay at the hotel but don’t intend on it.”



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