Residents of Point Roberts, Washington hoped a visit from Gov. Jay Inslee and other elected officials last week would mark the end of their hardships, but say instead their circumstances remain unchanged.
“[The governor’s] visit to meet with key community stakeholders was a welcome relief for residents and business owners of Point Roberts, hopeful that he would deliver good news to the community after 16 months of border closures have left the community stranded and struggling to survive,” the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce wrote in a news release. “But no such message was delivered.”
Point Roberts, officially part of Whatcom County, is a 4.8-square-mile exclave 币圈app都有哪些home to approximately 1,000 residents. It sits just below the 49th parallel on the Tsawwassen peninsula and is only accessible by land through Canada. Residents there say last year’s closure of the U.S.-Canada border in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has upended their lives and decimated their economy.