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Trudeau confirms Canada-U.S. land border closure extended into new year

Last Updated Dec 11, 2020 at 10:17 am PST

Canada and U.S. flags fly in the wind at the Douglas-Peace Arch border crossing, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, March 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has previously said the border is expected to remain closed until COVID situation improves

Land crossings between Canada and the U.S. have been closed since March

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Canada-U.S. land border will remain closed to all non-essential travel until at least Jan. 21, 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Friday.

Trudeau had previously indicated the government won’t reopen it until COVID-19 is largely under control around the world.

Land crossings between the two countries have been closed since March. The mutual agreement between the U.S. and Canada has been extended on a monthly basis since that time.

Earlier this week, Trudeau told the Assembly of First Nations that opening the border too soon could be catastrophic.

“It will be a real shame to open things too quickly and see vulnerabilities, so I’m going to be very, very cautious when it comes to keeping Canadians safe, even if there’s lots of pressure to allow international travel again,” he said.

Canada’s latest projections suggest the country will hit 577,000 cases of COVID-19 by Christmas. The data also suggests that, if we are to continue on our current trend, Canada will see about 10,000 cases a day before the end of the year.