The U.S.-Canada border has been closed since March 21, 2020. (Photo by LARS HAGBERG/AFP via Getty … [+] Images)
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As expected, the United States-Canada border will not open to non-essential travel until December 21 at the earliest, Canadian officials told Canada’s CTV News. On this side of the border, a Homeland Security Department official gave Reuters the same assessment.
In order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials from both countries closed the border on March 21 for what was supposed to be a one-month period. This is the eighth time the closure agreement is being extended.
This latest extension comes as no surprise. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said repeatedly that the travel ban won’t be eased until the U.S. gets Covid-19 under control.
“Now that cases are spiking again, with the approach of winter, with the approach of flu season, we need to get things back under control,” said Trudeau last month. “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.”
Nine in 10 Canadians (89%) said they support the continued closure of the Canada-US border until the Prime Minister says it’s safe to re-open, according to a Ipsos poll conducted in late October. The sentiment rises to 94% among Baby Boomers, 93% among women (vs. 85% of men), and to 97% in Atlantic Canada.
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