Canada and US extend border closure for another 30 days: Trudeau

Jun 16 2020, 8:41 am

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada-US border will remain closed for another 30 days.

On Tuesday, Trudeau said that both countries agreed to extend the safety measures currently in place until July 21, to keep both countries safe.

“This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe,” Trudeau said.

In March, all non-essential travel was closed along the border. However, trucking and trade were not effected as maintaining commerce between the two countries was deemed essential for Canada’s economic recovery.

At the time, Trudeau said the border would be closed for as long as it needs to be.

On June 8, Trudeau announced a limited exemption allowing families in Canada to reunite with their loved ones who have not been able to enter the country from the US due to the  pandemic.

On its website, the Canada Border Services Agency announced  “foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days.”

Canada is currently seeing a downward trend in coronavirus cases across the country, while the US continues to see fluctuating daily new cases across its states.