Report: Virus could slow Canadian shopping in Washington

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — An economic research study indicates border restrictions resulting from the coronavirus could reduce future cross-border shopping trips into Washington state by Canadians. The Bellingham Herald reports the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University has released a report concerning money spent by Canadians in Whatcom County in northwest Washington. The border between the state and British Columbia has been restricted to essential travelers and commercial trade since March because of the pandemic. The report says the plan to ease border restrictions July 21 may not alleviate safety concerns that prevent Canadians from shopping in Washington.