TORONTO, ON., June 10, 2020 — The Canada-U.S. border closure for all non-essential traffic will be extended beyond the June 21 into late July as the neighbouring countries continue fighting against the spread of COVID-19, according to multiple reliable sources.
Both countries agreed in March to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel while keeping it open to commercial traffic and essential workers. In April, the two countries agreed to extend the closure to May 21, before once again extending the closure to June 21.
As the June 21st deadline will soon expire, multiple sources including Reuters are saying it will be extended well into July. Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Christina Freeland told reporters that “both countries are happy with the current arrangement which was set to expire on June 21.”
“The arrangement that we currently have is working and it is working really well,” said Freeland.
“Decisions about our border will always be taken by Canadians and in Canadian national interest,” said Freeland.
Canadian and U.S. sources have said that although the governments had not yet made a final decision on the closure extension, it is highly likely the borders will remain closed to non-essential traffic at the very least until late July.
The United States has been the world’s worst hit nation with more than 110,000 COVID-19 related deaths while Canada has had 7,835 deaths, and reported over 96,244 COVID-19 cases.