The Canada-U.S. border closure has officially been extended again
It looks like Canadians won't be visiting our neighbours south of the border any time soon.
The ban on non-essential travel between Canada, the United States, and Mexico was extended on Friday for another 30 days, until Sept. 21. The current restriction ends on Aug. 21.
Acting U.S. Homeland Security Department Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed the travel ban extension on Twitter, saying that all three countries are in agreement.
We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21.— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) August 14, 2020
Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness added that they will continue to do what is necessary to keep Canadians safe.
We are extending the reciprocal restrictions at the Canada-US border for another 30 days, till Sept. 21, 2020. We will continue to do what’s necessary to keep our communities safe.— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) August 14, 2020
The news comes as COVID-19 continues to spike in the U.S. with over 5 million cases and 165,000 deaths to date. Mexico is also reporting high numbers with over half a million cases and 55,000 deaths.
Canada, on the other hand, has been more successful in slowing the spread of COVID-19 with 121,234 cases and 9,015 deaths.
The travel ban first came into effect in March but has been rolled over repeatedly. Just last month, Canada also tightened rules for travelers needing to get to Alaska, as U.S. citizens were fined for making detours to sightsee.
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