Canada, U.S. to extend border restrictions until Sept. 21
Mutual ban on non-essential cross-border travel continues
OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border will be extended another 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It means the two countries will continue their mutual ban on non-essential cross-border travel until at least Sept. 21.
In a tweet, Blair says officials will keep doing what’s necessary to keep communities safe.
We are extending the reciprocal restrictions at the Canada-US border for another 30 days, till Sept. 21, 2020. We will continue to do what’s necessary to keep our communities safe.
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) August 14, 2020
A formal announcement of the extension was expected to come later.
The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to so-called “discretionary” travel like vacations and shopping trips since the pandemic took hold of the continent in mid-March.
The United States has been grappling with fresh COVID-19 outbreaks across the country in recent weeks.