Bachrach calls for special status for Stewart/Hyder

John Crawford

Skeena-BulkleyValley MP Taylor Bachrach is adding his voice to those calling for Stewart and Hyder to be designated an integrated trans-border community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He notes Hyder residents rely on access to Stewart for basic services, including gas and groceries as well as access to schools and medical assistance.
Bachrach says the high number of coronavirus cases in the US means the border should remain, but the situation at Hyder is unique.

[PHOTO:   Hyder Alaska border crossing -- Robert Pictou CFTK]
"Of course everyone is very cognizant of the public health imperatives and the biggest priority is ensuring people are safe and the virus isn't allowed to enter the community -- but I think there's also a common sense approach here, that would allow a little bit of a travel bubble between these two specific communities and give people access to the supplies they need and a little more freedom of movement, he said, adding "there's very limited traffic at that entry point; tourists are not welcomed in Hyder, the community has put up signs indicating that the community is closed to tourists, so we're talking solely about the movement of locals back and forth over the border."
Bachrach and NDP Public Safety Critic Jack Harris of Newfoundand and Labrador have written Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, asking for the special designation.

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