Reports indicate that American and Canadian officials have agreed to keep the border between the two countries closed until August 21 to non-essential travel. It is said that the two governments are considering extending the border restriction measures for another month. Ever since the introduction in March, the ban on discretionary travel has been extended in each month, but the latest extension was set to expire on July 21. The contract exempts temporary foreign workers and vital health-care workers like nurses who live and work on opposite sides of the border and the flow of trade and commerce.
On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau teased that a verdict on the border would be coming very soon. Justin vowed to carry on working hard to keep Canadians safe and to keep the economies flowing and indicated that talks were ongoing. Despite the increasing number of new cases of COVID-19 in parts of the United States, the U.S. political figures in border states have been pressuring Canada to begin a phased reopening of the shared border.
With more than 3.3 million cases confirmed, CNN reported on Monday that about one in every 100 Americans has tested positive for the COVID-19. United States COVID-19 deaths are more than confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada. Windsor, Ont.
Mayor Drew Dilkens stated that he was not surprised by the decision because the current case count in the U.S. remains a “cause for alarm, but he was happy to keep the border closed for now.
The federal government would be extending a ban on foreign travellers that exempted the United States to July 31. The U.S.
was exempted as a result of the ongoing a separate travel restriction agreement with Canada. Foreign nationals who are immediate family members of either Canadian citizens or permanent residents can enter Canada to be reunited but under a limited exemption to the current border restrictions. This is allowing foreign and cross-border Canada-U.S. families to come together under certain conditions.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials are being asked to take additional measures to screen a person who is looking to enter this country after reported instances of U.S. travellers entering into Canada improperly. Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer, said that the first step would be carefully reopening travel restrictions within Canada and drastically limiting those who have been able to enter the country over the last few months.