Report: U.S.-Canadian border restrictions could extend to November

Report: U.S.-Canadian border restrictions could extend to November
U.S. -Canada border (Source: MGN Online)

TORONTO, ONTARIO. (WWNY) - According to a report, the U.S. and Canada are expected to extend existing border restrictions until November.

CTV News in Canada cites unnamed senior government officials as sources of this information.

The border has been closed to non-essential travel since March.

Over the months, the travel restrictions have been extended several times due to concerns about COVID-19.

The latest extension was set to expire on September 21.

However, sources told CTV News “the restrictions will remain in place until it is felt that the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.”

The report says there’s a surge of COVID-19 cases in Ontario and Quebec and points out the U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases and deaths.

A separate report Wednesday said the border’s non-essential travel restrictions have been extended to October 21.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik commented on the report by issuing the following statement:

“I remain committed to working on a bipartisan basis with officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian government to establish a safe, phased-in reopening of our Northern Border. Our North Country economy continues to feel the effects of the continued non-essential border closure, and I continue to hear important feedback from residents, business owners, local elected officials, and stakeholders who are concerned about this issue. Both the U.S. and Canadian governments must come together and consider steps to safely re-open our border and ease the burden for the communities they support. As Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Northern Border Caucus, I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, the White House, and the Canadian government to find a viable solution to end these 30-day extensions.”

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