Shomporko Desk: Canadian and U.S. Sources said even though the governments had no longer but taken a final decision, a similar extension was relatively likely.
The Canada-U.S. border closure to all non-essential travel might be extended beyond June 21, further reported CBC News.
Both countries reached an agreement in March to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel — meaning no recreational visits — while keeping it open to commercial traffic and essential workers who cross the border for work.
The deal extension was first reported by Reuters on Tuesday.
It is unclear how long the border restrictions will be extended. The initial agreement was extended in April by 30 days until May 21, before being extended for another 30 days last month.
Sources say both countries are happy with the current arrangement which was set to expire on June 21.
On Monday, the federal government announced Canada will begin allowing some family members separated by temporary COVID-19 travel restrictions to cross the border into the country.
“We are bringing in a limited exemption to allow immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to come to Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. “This is an incredibly difficult time to be apart from a spouse, a child, or mom or dad.”
Anyone who enters the country will have to self-quarantine for 14 days, and failure to follow the rules could result in “serious penalties” Trudeau said.
Those changes kicked in at midnight on Monday and they apply to foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents and who do not have COVID-19 or are showing any signs or symptoms of the coronavirus, “or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19.”