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Border Closure

North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas (file)
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The U.S.-Canada border has been closed to non-essential travelers since late March 2020.
One of the first executive orders signed by President Joe Biden directs the Secretaries of State, Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to begin discussions with their Mexican and Canadian counterparts and submit a plan that determines what public health measures and operational considerations are necessary to reopen travel across the border.

One of the executive orders signed by President Biden this week calls on federal agencies to begin discussions with Canada and Mexico on reopening the land borders from months of COVID-19 shutdowns. The North Country Chamber is praising the action.

Flags of the U.S. and Canada
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Canada is keeping its border with the U.S. closed to non-essential travel until at least November 21st due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the extension Monday on Twitter.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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Canada has officially extended the agreement to keep the U.S. border closed to non-essential travel to Oct. 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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The border between Canada and the U.S. will remain closed to non-essential travelers for another month.  While North Country interests had expected the border to remain closed, they are blasting federal officials for not crafting a plan for future opening.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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Canada and the U.S. have extended to July 21 an agreement that keeps the border between the two countries closed to non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.