They officially reached a deal.
It’s official! Travel restrictions aren’t going to be eased any time soon between the two neighbouring countries. The Canada-U.S. border will stay closed until the middle of May, the Prime Minister confirmed. So, people won’t be able to cross the border for a while still.
On April 18, during his daily press conference, Justin Trudeau confirmed that the border between the two neighbouring countries will officially remain closed.
“Canada and the United States have agreed to extend by another 30 days the border measures that are currently in place,” Trudeau said.
There had been reports that this closure would remain in place but it wasn’t actually confirmed until Trudeau announced it.
“This is an important decision and one that will keep people on both sides of the border safe,” he said.
He went on the mention that this is an example of the collaboration the two countries have and thanked Canada’s minister of public safety for leading the discussions about this.
Trudeau also said that the terms are the same just extended and essential goods and services will continue to flow between the two countries.
With this extension, the border will stay closed until the middle of May.
Originally, the border closure between Canada and the U.S. that was put into place back in March was set to expire on April 19.
There has been no word yet on if there could be another extension of the shutdown once the 30 days are up.
Trudeau also said that restricting travel was an important measure to stop further spread of COVID-19 come into Canada.
The closure of the U.S. border took a little longer because it was a coordinated effort between the two countries.
“We will continue those measures both with the United States and with the world for what is undoubtedly going to be many more weeks,” Trudeau said.
U.S. President Donald Trump previously claimed that the border would be one of the early ones to have travel restrictions lifted.
Both Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland, the deputy PM, said that easing those restrictions would take time and only happen when it’s safe to do so.
The border closure was first announced in a tweet from Trump on March 18 and followed up by confirmation from Trudeau in a press conference.
It then went into effect on March 21