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US Families reunite, couples return to empty properties as Canada border reopens

09:45  11 october  2021
09:45  11 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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When the clock struck midnight on Monday, Canada reopened its borders to U.S. citizens after more than a year of only allowing essential travel.

Although some Americans were not going to wait a minute longer than necessary to get into Canada, Detroit’s ports to Canada didn’t get much attention early Monday. Wait times for the Ambassador Bridge hovered around 10 minutes, with the Detroit-Windsor tunnel following closely.

a street filled with lots of traffic: Vehicles wait at the toll booth in Detroit before driving across the Ambassador Bridge into Ontario, Canada on Monday, August 9, 2021. Canada reopened its borders to the United States Monday, allowing for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to cross the border. © Rodney Coleman-Robinson, Detroit Free Press Vehicles wait at the toll booth in Detroit before driving across the Ambassador Bridge into Ontario, Canada on Monday, August 9, 2021. Canada reopened its borders to the United States Monday, allowing for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to cross the border.

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But the Ambassador saw some families reunite and couples return to empty properties across the river.

Asawari Kaur of Indiana, along with her family, huddled together at Detroit’s duty free shop minutes before midnight. Some of Kaur’s family hadn’t seen her brother, who got married in April, in almost two years.

a traffic light on a city street: A vehicle waits at the toll booth to cross the Ambassador bridge in Detroit on Monday, August 9, 2021. Canada reopened its borders to the United States on Monday, allowing for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to cross the border. © Rodney Coleman-Robinson, Detroit Free Press A vehicle waits at the toll booth to cross the Ambassador bridge in Detroit on Monday, August 9, 2021. Canada reopened its borders to the United States on Monday, allowing for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to cross the border.

“We were all so eagerly waiting for that day,” Kaur said. “As soon as it hits midnight, we’re gonna enter the border.”

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a group of people sitting around a table: The Singh and Kaur family stop at the Ambassador Duty Free store, waiting for the clock to hit midnight in Detroit on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Canada reopened its borders to the United States on Monday, allowing for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to cross the border. © Rodney Coleman-Robinson, Detroit Free Press The Singh and Kaur family stop at the Ambassador Duty Free store, waiting for the clock to hit midnight in Detroit on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Canada reopened its borders to the United States on Monday, allowing for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to cross the border.

Carolyn Ferroni and David Bruns of Columbus, Ohio, hadn’t seen their lake house across the border in almost two years. The minute Canada's border reopened, the couple was ready to go.

“It’s just part of a family culture and tradition — we go there every year,” Ferroni said.

If not for close kept friends on the other side, Ferroni said their well-loved family lake house of 50 years could’ve been in disarray.

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Now, Ferroni and Bruns said they plan to resume their yearly visits to the St. Anthony property. 

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a man sitting in a car: David Bruns, 63, and his wife Carolyn Ferroni, 62 of Columbus, Ohio with their dog, Ziggy, stop at the Duty Free store before they cross the Ambassador bridge in Detroit on Monday, August 9, 2021. Canada opened its borders to the United States, allowing for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to cross the border on Monday, Aug. 8, 2021. © Rodney Coleman-Robinson David Bruns, 63, and his wife Carolyn Ferroni, 62 of Columbus, Ohio with their dog, Ziggy, stop at the Duty Free store before they cross the Ambassador bridge in Detroit on Monday, August 9, 2021. Canada opened its borders to the United States, allowing for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to cross the border on Monday, Aug. 8, 2021.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Families reunite, couples return to empty properties as Canada border reopens

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