Canada-U.S. border closure extended for another month

This is the fifth renewal of border restrictions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

The border between Canada and the United States will remain closed to non-essential travel for another month. The current border agreement expires August 21 and the current restrictions on recreational travel will remain in place until September 21.

The ban on recreational travel began in March when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared and has been renewed every month since.

The border remains open for essential travel such as the transport of commerce and trade, as well as temporary foreign workers and key health-care workers who live and work on opposite sides of the border.

Some Americans have been ticketed by the OPP for violating quarantine restrictions while in Canada. Cases have been reported in the North Bay-area and Fort Frances.

Ottawa has also cracked down to stop those who claim to be on their way to Alaska. American travellers headed to Alaska have only five crossings in Western Canada to choose from and they must agree to taking a direct route.