Ottawa, May 19 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday during his daily news conference that both United States (U.S.) and Canada had agreed to extend the closure of Canada-U.S. border for another 30 days due to fear of COVID-19 Pandemic spread, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Official site
“This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe,” Trudeau said and added there was a clear desire from premiers to keep the border closed.
There have been more than 74,000 COVID-19 cases in Canada and with over 5,500 deaths to date, while the U.S. currently has more than 1.5 million active COVID-19 cases and more than 90,000 deaths.
As parts of both countries begin gradually reopening, the agreement prohibits tourists and cross-border visits.
But the flow of trade and commerce, as well as vital health-care workers such as nurses who live and work on opposite sides of the border would not be affected.
The agreement between the two countries in this regard has been extended for the second time, after first being imposed in March, with the current extension on border restrictions set to expire May 21.
As far as reopening of Canada-U.S. borders to international visitors concerned, Trudeau said the decisions are being made by the government week to week based on a rapidly changing situation.