Shomporko Desk:-The federal authorities will extend the Canada-U.S. land border closure for some other 30 days till Sept. 21, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair stated Friday.
The closure to non-crucial journey has been in place for months, however, with caseloads nonetheless excessive in lots of U.S. states, the 2 governments have at the same time agreed to maintain limiting motion throughout the world’s longest global border.
“We will continue to do what’s necessary to keep our communities safe,” Blair said in a tweet.
The closure has ended in a dramatic drop in site visitors among the 2 international locations despite the fact that crucial workers — like truck drivers and health-care professionals — are nonetheless capable of go via way of means of land regardless of the restrictions. Canadians are nonetheless capable of fly to U.S. destinations.
The federal government has also moved to curb the movement of Americans through Canada who is ostensibly on their way to Alaska. U.S. travellers destined for the northern state have been limited to five crossings in Western Canada and they must commit to taking a direct route.
Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer of Canada, says the government will continue to monitor epidemiological data on both sides of the border before making a decision to open the country to more U.S. travellers.
Brian Higgins, a Democratic congressman for the New York district that includes Buffalo and the Niagara area, said he was disappointed but not surprised that the border closure was extended.
Higgins said he doesn’t think Washington wants to keep the border closed but doesn’t have much choice.
Meanwhile, he said the border closure is having an impact on his district.
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News source: CBC News