Yesterday was not a great day. I received an update from the Canadian Snowbirds Association which included the following statement:
Earlier this month, Canada and the United States agreed to extend the restriction on non-essential travel at the land border until at least January 21, 2021. With case counts growing in both jurisdictions, it is expected that this closure will extend well beyond January of next year.
Quite the shock.
I expect the border will remain closed for at least another year.
As a consequence, we confirmed our intent to return to our leased house again in October of this year. It seems highly unlikely that we will be back south until possibly the fall of 2022, almost two years from now.
I would never have imagined, back in March of last year, that we would be prevented from returning to the United States in our motorcoach for what looks to be almost three years.
And now, further restrictions are looming. We are already in a lockdown in Ontario. The government has told us that we cannot have friends or family into our homes. We cannot eat out at restaurants. We should not be travelling. The list of restrictions is lengthy and I suspect things might well become worse over the next few weeks.
Could we have curfews?
Our provincial government has back-flipped on the potential for curfews. It all depends now on how the numbers go in Ontario.
Imposing more severe restrictions is likely due to the measures that our next-door province, Quebec, is set to announce later today.
Here is a perspective on the Quebec situation from a visibly angry Montreal lawyer.
I sense he is just as frustrated as I am. And I fear that we will soon be in a similar situation in Ontario. A never-ending series of lockdowns and restrictions.
Thankful that we have a beautiful house for the winter. Uncertain as to our retirement plans over the next few years. It looks as though we may continue to be in some form of house arrest in Ontario for a considerable period of time.