Gov. Janet Mills and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs have joined forces to request that the Canada Border Companies Company ease restrictions for Individuals trying to play on the 18-hole Aroostook Valley Nation Membership.
Mills and Higgs co-wrote a letter to Erin O’Gorman, president of the Canada Border Companies Company in Ottawa, Ontario, asking for an answer that may make it simpler for Individuals to play on the common 93-year-old course.
As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, Individuals couldn’t play the course for practically two years. Individuals should full a sequence of steps — together with offering proof of COVID-19 vaccination — to entry the course. The nation membership has not but regained the memberships it had previous to the pandemic and at one level feared the enterprise was in jeopardy.
The golf course and clubhouse are in 4 Falls, New Brunswick, whereas the parking zone and professional store are in Fort Fairfield.
To tee up, Individuals should move by a Canada Border Companies Company port of entry and likewise submit well being info by free cellular app ArriveCAN inside 72 hours of coming into a port of entry. They need to even have a passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and must be processed by immigration and customs.
Previous to the pandemic, Individuals didn’t must journey by a border crossing to play on the course.
“Because of these insurance policies, American attendance on the membership has diminished, posing a menace to the sustainability and continued operations of the membership,” Mills and Higgs wrote within the letter, including that the necessities add about 40 minutes every means for Individuals attempting to enter the course.
Steve Leitch, membership professional and supervisor, stated final week that there have been 28 Individuals who had golf memberships and 113 Canadians. Through the years, the membership has normally been intently divided with there being barely extra Individuals than Canadians.
The 141 present members is 48 fewer than the overall for the season earlier than the pandemic.
Mills and Higgs cited a golf course in Ontario, the Grenadier Island Nation Membership, that they declare Individuals can go to by merely checking in with the Canada Border Companies Company utilizing a smartphone app.
“Whereas this won’t be the proper answer for distant entry to the [Aroostook Valley Country Club], we write to request your help in expediting the implementation of an answer that may alleviate the present scenario,” the 2 wrote within the letter.
“With the membership’s centennial 12 months simply across the nook, we should come collectively to protect this essential image of U.S.- Canadian friendship for generations to come back.”