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Canada Officially Extends U.S. Border Restrictions

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle (file)

Canada has officially extended the agreement to keep the U.S. border closed to non-essential travel to Oct. 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.
The restrictions were first announced on March 18 and have been extended each month since.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Friday they will continue to base its decision on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe.
Many Canadians fear a reopening. The U.S. has more confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 than any country in the world. Canada has seen an uptick in cases in recent weeks.

Essential cross-border workers like healthcare professionals, airline crews and truck drivers are still permitted to cross.

Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure.

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