The United States’ borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed for non-essential travel for another month as the country braces for what public health experts say will be a difficult winter battling the coronavirus pandemic.
The three countries will extend travel restrictions through November 21 in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
The current agreement on the U.S.-Canada border closure to non-essential travel was first imposed in March and has been renewed every month since.
We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21st, 2020. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe. More info:https://t.co/EZ3pi3asJr
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) October 19, 2020
Bill Blair, Canada’s minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said the nation’s “decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe.”
Tourists and cross-border visits remain prohibited, so any current vacation plans are put on hold for now. The coronavirus pandemic remains a concern as organizations work out how to maintain health and safety protocols for future travelers.
The restrictions do not apply to those who must cross to ensure the continued flow of goods and essential services, including truckers and health workers who live in one country but work in the other. Canada has also added certain exemptions to reunite extended family members.
Its understandable if we need to continue these travel restrictions through November. Eventually the restrictions will be lifted since this is only a temporary situation.