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Canada-U.S. border remains closed to non-essential travel

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 20, 2020
Canada and the U.S. renewed a deal that will see their borders remain closed to non-essential travel for another month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday.
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He said maintaining border restrictions until June 21 is the “right thing” to do and it may be months before the border is opened up.

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“This is an important decision that will keep people in both our countries safe,” Trudeau said.

As of Tuesday, Canada has a little more than 79,000 coronavirus cases and 5,909 deaths. The US has approximately 1.5 million cases and the virus had claimed more than 91,000 lives.

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “as things clean up” both countries will “want to get back to normal. We are very close to Canada.”

Trudeau said Canadian provincial premiers were unanimous in their desire to maintain the closure of the longest undefended border in the world.

“The decisions that we’re taking are very much made week-to-week in this crisis,” he said. “The situation is changing rapidly and we’re adjusting constantly to what are the right measures for Canadians to get that balance right between keeping people safe and restoring a semblance of normality and economic activity that we all rely on.”