Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just confirmed that the Canada-U.S. border restrictions will be extended.

 

This means they will remain closed to non-essential travel for another 30 days in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

The current measures, which took effect on March 21 were due to expire on April 21, 2020.

“This is an important decision and one that will keep people on both sides of the border safe,” Trudeau said during his daily briefing outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa today.

The restrictions include all non-essential travel across the border, but allow for the flow of trade and commerce, as well as health-care workers who cross the border for work, to continue.

U.S. President Donald Trump had said earlier in the week the border could open soon, but Canadian government officials pushed back in their position that any decisions related to easing border restrictions would be made collaboratively between the two countries and not by the U.S. alone.

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