WASHINGTON / OTTAWA (Reuters) – The ban on non-essential travel along US land borders with Canada and Mexico will be extended through August 21, Canada and the United States.
FILE PHOTO: After viewing two of Canada’s closed border outposts, it was announced that the border would be close to “non-essential traffic” to deal with the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the US-Canada border on thousands of islands . Bridge March 19, 2020, in Lansdowne, Ontario, Canada. REUTERS / Alex movie / file photo
Canadian Prime Minister Justin said, “Canada and the US have agreed to extend the existing border measures for a month by 21 August and we are going to work closely with our US neighbors.” Trudeau said at a press conference.
Earlier, caretaker US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced a 30-day extension on Twitter that “close cooperation with our neighbors allowed us to respond to #COVID19 in the North American outlook and slow down virus-related travel is.”
Reuters reported on Monday that Canada and the United States were determined to extend the ban imposed to fight the coronovirus outbreak.
The rules, first released in March, have been repeatedly extended to 30-day blocks.
The restrictions do not cover trade on the US-Canada border that spans 5,525 miles (8,891 km) or air travel.
Passenger limits have fallen by 90% or more at many cross-border and hit tourist destinations along the US borders.
In May, passenger traffic in Detroit crossed 45,000 people out of 502,000 passengers crossing in February.
In San Ysidro, California, on the US-Mexico border, passenger and pedestrian traffic fell from more than 2.9 million people in February to 1.3 million in May.
The ban does not apply to passengers who are going to work, or those traveling for family care, educational or humanitarian reasons.
Reporting by David Shepperson in Washington and Steve Shire in Ottawa; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Arora Ellis