‘Do your homework’: B.C. couple stranded in U.S., unable to find a rapid COVID-19 test | Globalnews.ca

A British Columbia couple is warning different travellers to “do your homework” after being stranded in Washington state for 2 nights and a day, unable to discover a fast check for COVID-19.

April Lewis and her associate Martin Clingwall have been coming back from a seven-week keep in Palm Springs and hoping to cross the border into B.C. on Saturday. They knew they wanted a unfavourable check outcome, however had no concept how tough it could be to discover a check.

“I truthfully, really thought it could be a bit of cake — that each pharmacy within the Bellingham space could be welcoming us with open arms, saying, ‘Canadians, we love you, come!’” Lewis mentioned Sunday, from a lodge within the American metropolis south of Langley.

“We didn’t assume to e book on-line, we must always have maybe booked on-line and we may have gotten one possibly in Seattle.”

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In February, the federal authorities eased testing requirements for fully-vaccinated Canadians, permitting them to provide a unfavourable fast check outcome as a substitute of a PCR outcome, so long as the check was administered by a health-care entity or lab.

Lewis mentioned a number of employees at a number of Bellingham pharmacies instructed her on-line reservations have been required for a rapid test, however even when they’d made one, there was no inventory of fast antigen assessments accessible in Whatcom County on the time.

The couple tried to get one on the native airport, however with out an appointment, have been turned away there as properly. Ultimately, Lewis contacted her native MP on Fb.

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COVID-19: Cross border testing necessities stay

COVID-19: Cross border testing necessities stay

Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who represents South Surrey-White Rock, was capable of e book them a fast check appointment for Tuesday in Birch Bay, about half-hour away from their lodge in Bellingham.

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“Thank goodness we are able to afford it,” Lewis mentioned of the lodge keep. “I can’t consider we’re the one individuals this has occurred to … is everybody else lots smarter than me and pre-booked on-line?”

After repeated visits and calls to pharmacies, the couple discovered a fast check on Monday, handed it and went house.

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As spring break kicks off, Lewis is urging different travellers to “do your analysis,” and guarantee they make fast check appointment prematurely. With many provinces stress-free most, if not all pandemic public well being measures, she additionally known as on the federal authorities to ease testing necessities on the border.

“That is nonsense,” she mentioned. “Severely, Mr. Trudeau, should you’re listening, I’m triple-vaxxed — what extra would you like, my first-born little one?”

The Surrey Board of Trade, involved concerning the struggling tourism trade, echoed her calls.

“What has occurred to that poor couple is completely unacceptable,” mentioned Surrey Board of Commerce president Anita Huberman. “Surrey is a border metropolis and we have to be sure that border is absolutely open.

“I believe the clear technique for the federal authorities is to take away all of those testing necessities for fully-vaccinated travellers.”

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