Canada-US border closure extended for another month
By: Thomas I. Likness
EBC News Service
OTTAWA (Eagle News) — The Canada-US border will remain closed to non-essential travel for another month, Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced Friday.
“Non-essential travel restrictions with the United States have been extended until March 21st, 2021,” Blair tweeted. “We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe from Covid-19.”
The border was first closed to all but essential traffic March 21, 2020 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Given the emergence of more contagious variants of the virus, it’s likely the closure will remain in effect for several months to come.
Since then, the closure has been assessed every month which has resulted in its monthly extension.
The closure has had little effect on business, other than tourism. Essential goods move back and forth between the two countries.
Essential workers who live in one country but work in the other are allowed to travel back and forth without restriction.