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Trudeau: U.S.-Canada border closure officially extended to November 21

Posted at 11:34 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 11:34:41-04

OTTAWA (WKBW) — The U.S.-Canada border will be closed until at least November 21, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau announced this morning.

Last week, Trudeau told a Winnipeg radio station the border would remain closed to non-essential travel until the United States lowers its COVID-19 infections.

“We have committed to keeping Canadians safe and we keep extending the border closures because the States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” Trudeau told the radio station, as reported in Bloomberg.

“We will continue to make sure that Canadian safety is top of mind when we move forward. We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place,” he added.

Travel restrictions do not apply to air, freight rail, or sea travel between both countries. Commercial crossings for trade and commerce will continue as usual.

Family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents can cross the border into Canada but must stay in the country for at least 15 days.

The border has been closed since March.