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Canada-U.S. land border closure extended into November

Last Updated Oct 19, 2020 at 9:19 am PST

Summary

The Canada-U.S. land border closure amid COVID-19 has been extended until at least Nov. 21

Public safety minister says border closure decisions will continue to keep Canadians' safety in mind

Border restrictions were set to expire on Oct. 21

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

As expected, the federal government has announced that the restriction on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. land border will now expire on Nov. 21. The current agreement was set to expire on Wednesday.

The extension comes amid continued concern over the COVID-19 situation south of the border.

“Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe,” Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said on Twitter Monday.

The restriction on all but essential travel was first put in place in March as the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada and the U.S. began to rise.

The travel ban prohibits anyone from crossing the land border for leisure or recreation.

Earlier this month, the federal government eased restrictions to allow extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents into the country.

In addition to that change, international students will be allowed into Canada starting Tuesday, Oct. 20.

More to come.