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Controversial Canada-U.S. Land Border Ban Extended To Dec. 21, 2020

Canada-U.S. border remains closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

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It looks like Canadians hoping to make a run across the border to stock up on holiday gifts are in for a disappointment. The Canadian and United States governments have announced that land borders between the two countries will remain closed to all non-essential travel until at least Dec. 21. The ban, which was introduced in mid-March to help stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, was originally set to expire on November 21, 2020. The ban excludes health-care workers, truck drivers transporting goods, temporary foreign workers and some foreign students.

Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair tweeted “We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until December 21st, 2020. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe.”

Acting U.S. Homeland Security Department Secretary Chad Wolf commented via Twitter. “In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Dec 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus.”

Canada-U.S. border remains closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

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