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Canada-U.S. border closure extended again until at least Sept. 21 amid tension over restrictions

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  • Canada-U.S. border closure extended again until at least Sept. 21 amid tension over restrictions

    Rachel Aiello Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

    Published Friday, August 14, 2020 10:42AM EDT
    Last Updated Friday, August 14, 2020 1:17PM EDT

    OTTAWA -- Canadian and U.S. officials have agreed to keep the border between the two countries closed to non-essential travel for another month. This comes as both countries are still working to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as tensions continue to flare between Canadians and prospective American visitors.

    The current extension of the cross-border agreement expires on August 21, though as the spread of COVID-19 continues in both countries, the restrictions on recreational travel will remain in place until at least Sept. 21. The ban on discretionary travel was first introduced in March and has been extended each month since.

    “We are extending the reciprocal restrictions at the Canada-US border for another 30 days, till Sept. 21, 2020. We will continue to do what’s necessary to keep our communities safe,” tweeted Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.

    The agreement, as it stands, exempts the flow of trade and commerce, as well as temporary foreign workers and vital health-care workers such as nurses who live and work on opposite sides of the border. Tourists and cross-border visits remain prohibited.

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