Travel restrictions across the Canada-U.S. border restrictions took effect on March 21. That agreement exempted the flow of trade and commerce, as well as vital health-care workers. Set to last 30 days, terms of the arrangement were due to expire on April 21.
Canada-U.S. border restrictions will be in effect for another 30 days
On Thursday, the U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a three-stage plan to reopen parts of the United States. However, Canada has insisted that the decision to lift travel restrictions between the two countries will not be made unilaterally.
“Canadians take decisions about Canada’s border in full stop. When it comes to easing border restrictions of all kinds our government will only do that when it is appropriate and when it is not a risk to the health and security of Canadians,” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday.
Officials announced tougher mandatory quarantine measures for returning travellers earlier this week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the shutdown of the Canada-U.S. border to all non-essential travel was likely going to be one of the suite of public health restrictions that would remain in place for weeks.
During his daily press briefing, Trudeau said on Friday that his team is in “constant and ongoing” talks with the Trump administration. They are discussing the two countries’ COVID-19 response, including border restrictions.
“We do not feel that reopening the border any time soon is likely. My responsibility is to ensure the protection and safety of Canadians,” said Trudeau. He also added that the conversation with the Americans was extremely productive.