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Buffalo, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) —

Dottie Gallagher, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said fears of random testing and possible quarantines in Ontario all worked to discourage significant aspects of the region's integrated economy. She called the move "quite frankly, long overdue," especially for those travelers discouraged to even try navigating requirements like ArriveCan.

But now she hopes Canadian fans will return for Buffalo Sabres games and shop in Western New York stores. She also feels the need to market the area.

"It's incumbent upon us to reintroduce ourselves and make ourselves welcome to people," Gallagher said, "especially for those people who came over to the Galleria ... or Wegmans. Those habits have to be rebuilt, and it will take time."

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