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.
We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21st, 2020. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe. More info:https://t.co/EZ3pi3asJr
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) October 19, 2020
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.