There have been many calls for the Canada-U.S. border to reopen, and another U.S. politician has joined them.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said that the two federal governments need to agree on how and when to allow people to cross the border safely again for non-essential reasons as soon as possible so that another summer isn't lost.

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Schumer is asking Canada and the U.S. to establish reopening criteria for the border so both countries can work towards meeting those goals which, in his opinion, would get rid of the need for monthly extensions of the closure.

"Since vaccination rates have risen, overall rates are steadily falling, and New York is ready to reopen, based on the data, it is time to take the first steps towards reopening the Northern Border to non-essential travel," he said.

New York's government plans to allow fully vaccinated people to sit in a designated full capacity section at baseball games starting on May 19 and New York City is getting ready to reopen fully in the summer.