The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed for a further month as part of special measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced, indicating it is the ‘right thing’ to do.
The border was first shut some two months ago to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The extension to the border closure that was announced about a month ago was due to expire on May 20. However, now the border will remain shut until June 21, as per the new agreement reached.
The Prime Minister also mentioned that provincial premiers wanted the travel restrictions to continue.
Essential travels, trades, and commerce will continue between the two countries.
The following are examples of what is considered essential travels:
- for work or study;
- the critical infrastructure supports, including services considered essential to the health, safety, and security of Canadian people;
- economic services and supply chain; and
- purposes of family reunification, except for family visits.
Trucks and rail traffic will still be allowed to cross the border to keep the flow of food, medicines and fuel available to both countries.
All non-essential travels, such as for visiting family or tourism, will remain barred.
The travel restrictions in place also extend to irregular asylum seekers attempting to cross the border by foot at unofficial border points, such as Roxham Road.
Prime Minister Trudeau believes strongly that it will be months before any non-essential travels are allowed.
United States President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is looking forward to the end of the Canada-U.S. border closure soon.
Canada seems to be doing quite well than the U.S in curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), even when taking into consideration the population.
To date, Canada has seen more than 79,000 positive cases of coronavirus, mostly in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, with almost 6,000 deaths.
The United States, which has a population of about nine times that of Canada, has seen over 1.56 million of positive cases of the virus, with more than 92,000 deaths.
The United States has taken a more restrictive approach to immigration during the COVID-19 pandemic, recently suspending some forms of immigration.
Regardless of the reasons for travel or exemption, any traveller with coronavirus symptoms will not be allowed to enter Canada.
In addition, anyone entering Canada from the US or any other country will be required to self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days upon entry.
Travellers are also required to present a detailed quarantine plan, with details of where they will stay, how they will get groceries, medication and other necessities, whether they will be staying with vulnerable people.