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Canada-U.S. land border closure extended a month

Last Updated Sep 18, 2020 at 8:57 am PDT

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

The Canada-U.S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Oct. 21

The extension comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continues to be sky-high compared to Canada's case load

The border was first closed to non-essential travel in March

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Canada-U.S. land border closure has been extended, yet again.

The border will stay closed to all-but-essential travel until at least Oct. 21. The news was first confirmed in a tweet from U.S. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf.

“We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19,” he writes on social media. “Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through October 21.”

Canada Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair also confirmed the news, adding, “We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe.”

Most experts — at least on this side of the border — will likely want to see the travel restrictions extended beyond that as COVID-19 numbers in the U.S. continue to be sky-high compared to ours.

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The border closure was first brought in in March as case numbers surged. It has been extended a number of times since.

The current agreement was set to expire on Sept. 21.