U.S.-Canada Border Shutdown Likely To Be Extended At Least Through 21OCT

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Another extension is imminent for the U.S.-Canada border closure, according to sources with close knowledge of the matter, although the new date is uncertain. 

Reuters cites sources saying border restrictions will be extended until at least the end of NOV, while CBC News sources say the closure will continue through 21OCT. 

The Reuters sources also say Canadian officials were showing little enthusiasm for suggestions from U.S. authorities about relaxing some of the measures in the near term.

According to CBC News, the federal government is waiting to see evidence the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. is being managed efficiently before the government considers opening up non-essential travel between the two countries. 

The border has been closed to non-essential drive travel since MAR, although essential workers — such as truck drivers and health-care professionals — are still able to cross by land. Canadians are still able to fly to U.S. destinations, although a federal advisory against non-essential travel remains in place, and Canadians still need to quarantine for two weeks upon return. 

The federal government has also moved to curb the movement of Americans through Canada on their way to Alaska, CBC reports. U.S. travellers destined for the northern state have been limited to five crossings in Western Canada and they must commit to taking a direct route.

Canadian support for keeping the border closed to Americans remains strong, CBC reports in a separate article.

In a new poll, Research Co. found that out of 1,000 Canadians surveyed online at the end of AUG, 90% agreed with the current Canada-U.S. border closure to non-essential traffic. 

Mayors of towns on the U.S.-Canada border in Ontario who took part in a video conference call with the federal government last week said they support the border closure, despite taking a major economic hit.

"As much as this hurts — and it hurts — it's all about short-term pain for long-term gain," said Jim Diodati, mayor of Niagara Falls, Ont. "We're not in a hurry to open that border until we've got control of what's happening on both sides."

New coronavirus cases in the United States continue at a steady rate. Yesterday the U.S. recorded roughly 34,500 new cases across the country, according to the CDC. Canada, meanwhile, recorded 792 new cases, according to GlobalNews.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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