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Ottawa, Jun 10 (Canadian-Media): The closure of the Canada-U.S. border to all non-essential traffic is reported by sources to be further extended to late July, media reports said.
Canada-US border. Image credit: Flickr
An agreement had been reached by both countries in March to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel while keeping it open to commercial traffic and essential workers who cross the border for work.
The initial agreement reached in March was extended in April by 30 days until May 21, and last month it was again extended for another 30 till June 21.
A few exemptions were announced June 8 by the federal government of Canada to allow some immediate family members separated by temporary COVID-19 travel restrictions to cross the border into the country.
“This is an incredibly difficult time to be apart from a spouse, a child, or mom or dad. We hear that,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a press briefing on Monday. “That’s why we are bringing in a limited exemption to allow immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to come to Canada.”
Anyone who enters the country will have to self-quarantine for 14 days, and failure to follow the rules could result in "serious penalties" Trudeau said.
The exemption, however, does not apply to immediate family members of temporary residents in Canada, such as those on a student or work visa, and all foreign nationals who have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms are still prohibited from entering Canada.
Those changes effective midnight on June 8 apply to foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents and who do not have COVID-19 or are showing any signs or symptoms of the coronavirus.
Through this exemption, the government is defining an immediate family member as someone's: Spouse or common-law partner, dependent child, parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person's spouse or common-law partner, guardian or tutor.
The final date to which extension would apply has not yet been revealed.