U.S. - Canada border closed for another month

U.S. - Canada border closed for another month
Thousand Islands Border Crossing (Source: wwny)

TORONTO (WWNY) - The border between the United State and Canada will be closed for at least another month.

The CTV reports that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that the border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least February 21.

That’s a 30-day extension to restrictions that have been in place since mid-March. They had been set to expire on January 21.

This comes as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in both countries.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik issued the following statement:

“As Co-Chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, I have worked diligently with the Department of Homeland Security, local elected officials, and our counterparts in Canada on the safe reopening of the US-Canadian border. While today’s announcement of another 30-day extension was expected, I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has laid out new conditions that could be used to ease restrictions for residents and business owners in the North Country, such as considering the degree of health risk indicated in the Center for Disease Control’s Travel Health Notice for Canada and Mexico, the public health conditions in the relevant border localities, including those in the North Country, and the staffing levels of local Border Patrol Officers. We are now closer to a viable, long-term solution on this important issue, and I am committed to working with the incoming Administration to implement a comprehensive plan to safely reopen the border.”

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