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.
The Prime Minister officially announces the Canada US border will be closed for another month. Had previously indicated the government won't reopen the borders until COVID is largely under control around the world #cdnpoli
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 11, 2020
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.