United States extends border restrictions with Canada & Mexico

Thursday, 18 Jun, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the Canada-U.S. border closure has been extended by 30 days until July 21.

The 30-day restrictions were first imposed in March in the face of the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have now been extended three times.

Mexico and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security also confirmed the extension at their borders.

The news is frustrating to some businesses and advocates in the North Country.

"This will give Canadians a picture of where our economy is right now, how our response compares to that of other countries, and what we can expect in the months to come", said Trudeau. "Where are the metrics?"

Essential cross-border workers like healthcare professionals, airline crew and truck drivers are still permitted to cross. "There is no thought or process behind this, that's what we object to".

Trudeau had said earlier that his government is looking into reports of these types of incidences.

Trudeau says the snapshot will allow Canadians to see "the scale and details of the measures that have been rolled out". It has sickened more than 99,000 and killed 8,175 in Canada.

Canada sends 75 percent of its exports to the USA and about 18 percent of American exports go to Canada.

Americans returning to the United States are exempted from the closures, according to the U.S. State Department.

Hundreds have been living in squalid tent camps near the US-Mexico border, which health experts and immigration advocates have said leaves them vulnerable to coronavirus infections.

"We are going to make sure that we're following up", Trudeau said, citing living conditions and labor standards as areas that must be considered.

Qualtrough said that there will be acceptable reasons for some Canadians to remain out of the workplace, such as not having access to childcare or having COVID-19 symptoms.