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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Phase one of federal border re-opening now in effect

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Fully-vaccinated Canadians can freely travel across the border again starting Monday (July 5) with reduced public health measures now in effect.

That means fully-vaccinated Canadians coming back into the country at a land border, and who comply with specific criteria, will not be required to quarantine or complete a day-eight test.

Eligible travelers arriving by air no longer have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel, either, as they wait for their on-arrival test result.

Fully-vaccinated Canadian travelers will need to download the ArriveCAN app or visit the website to submit their mandatory information, which includes digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

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This is phase one of the federal government’s border reopening plan.

Foreign citizens – except essential workers – are still barred from entering the country, no matter their vaccination status.

The current closure of the Canada-US border is set to expire on July 21. The federal government hopes to have more details about a further easing of restrictions before then.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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