Canada and the U.S. have reached another agreement to extend their border closure for another 30 days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced, suggesting it is the ‘right thing’ to do.
The border was first closed some two months ago to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The extension to the border closure that was announced a month ago was set to expire on May 20. However, now the border will remain closed until June 21.
Trudeau also mentioned that provincial premiers wanted the travel restrictions to continue.
Essential travel, trade, and commerce, will continue between the two countries.
The following are examples of what is considered essential travel:
- for work or study;
- critical infrastructure support, including services deemed essential to the health, safety, and security of Canadians;
- economic services and supply chains; and
- purposes of family reunification, except family visits.
Truck and rail traffic will still be allowed to cross the border to keep the flow of food, fuel and medicines available to both countries.
All non-essential travel, such as for tourism or visiting family, will remain barred.