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Canada-U.S. border to stay closed until U.S. can control COVID-19 case count: Trudeau

Last Updated Oct 14, 2020 at 7:18 pm PDT

The United States border crossing is seen Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Lacolle, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is showing no signs of easing border restrictions anytime soon

Trudeau says as U.S. COVID-19 cases rise the border restrictions will continue

The land border between the two countries was closed in mid-March to non-essential travel

WINNIPEG (NEWS 1130) — According to the prime minister, the federal government has no plans to re-open the Canada-U.S. border anytime soon.

It’s long been speculated that the land border between Canada and the U.S. will be closed for a while. And as of Wednesday, it looks like the rumours are true.

During an interview with a Winnipeg radio station, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said to protect Canadians’ safety, the border will not open anytime soon.

“We have committed to keeping Canadians safe and we keep extending the border closures because the States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” Trudeau said.

“We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place.”

The land border between the two countries was closed in mid-March to non-essential travel.

The agreement to keep it that way expires on Oct. 21 when, as he said, it’s expected to be renewed once again.


In the U.S., the country is edging close to eight-million cases and has recorded more than 200,000 deaths.

Compared to Canada, there are over 180,000 cases and more than 9,000 deaths.