Non-essential travel restrictions at Canada-U.S. border extended
Oct 21 2020
"I hope Canada keeps the border closed until 2025", tweeted Canadian television producer Emily Andras in response to Piepkorn's comments.
The U.S. has been hit harder by coronavirus than any other country, with 7,894,768 total cases and 216,025 deaths, according to the CDC.
The restriction on all but essential travel was first put in place in March as the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada and the USA began to rise.
The Canada-U.S. border closure has again been extended until at least November 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe", Blair wrote on Twitter.
It's due to rising COVID-19 cases on both sides of the border.
"We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21st, 2020", Blair tweeted. In the USA, more than 219,000 people have died so far as President Donald Trump has sidelined public health experts, undermined early efforts by healthcare workers to confront the crisis, flouted and openly mocked guidance including social distancing and the use of face masks-even after testing positive for the disease himself earlier this month.
The prime minister's view: Last week, when asked about Canadians hoping to travel south this winter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeautold Winnipeg podcast The Start that the virus is far less under control in some parts of the USA than in Canada.
"The situation in the United States continues to be of concern". So we're going to make sure we're keeping Canadians safe as best as we can. "So we're gonna be opening the borders pretty soon".
An online poll released last week by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies suggested two out of three Canadians would not be comfortable travelling to the US even once the restrictions are lifted.
" "Non-essential" travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
"Essential travel" still permitted includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security". Almost 220,000 people in the United States and more than 9,700 in Canada have died of Covid-19 illnesses.
While the border has been closed since March, Canada has made exceptions for trucks carrying traded goods and for family members, recently extending the latter exception to include couples and extended relatives.