Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that Canada and the U.S. are in talks to extend the border closures put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is clear that there is broad consensus across the provinces that we need to continue to keep our current border measures in place,” he said of the matter.
“Our priority on this is to ensure that we’re keeping Canadians safe while continuing to ensure the flow of essential goods and services.”
The border was originally closed to all non-essential travelers on both sides on March 21st, with the goal of re-opening in April. That was twice postponed to at least June 21st, but now it looks like it will continue on even further.
The border between Canada and the U.S. is the world’s longest international frontier, about 5,500 miles. When it closed there was a massive drop-off in traffic with 95% of its usual traffic stopping. Trade continued, however, unabated.
Before the pandemic, billions of dollars worth of goods, as well as more than 400,000 people, crossed the border on a daily basis.
An exemption to the border closing was announced last week to allow families to reunite, after many reports of hardships. Anyone who does cross the border, though, must self-quarantine for two weeks.
There is concern over a loophole that can allow Americans from 48 southern states to transit through Canada to Alaska. This loophole has seen many Americans flouting the rules and not social distancing at stops along the way. Trudeau says his government is looking into this.
Bad news for anyone who was hoping to travel north soon, but something that we can’t say is completely unexpected. Travel restrictions will most likely continue for a good amount of time.
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