Canada-U.S. border to remain closed to non-essential travel until July 21

COVID-19 cases on the rise in 22 American states

With COVID-19 cases soaring in parts of the United States, the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel until July 21.

The deal was set to end on Sunday. Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed the extension during his daily news conference on Tuesday.

“This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe,” he said.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continues to climb past the two million mark. Arizona and Texas have set new records. Over the weekend, Florida reported its biggest one day increase in cases since the pandemic started.

While tourists and cross-border visits remain prohibited, the agreement exempts the flow of commercial traffic and essential workers who need to cross the border for work.

Ottawa gave a bit of wiggle room last week to allow some immediate family members separated by the travel restrictions to cross the border into Canada.

The decision to close the border to non-essential travel was first made in March and this is the third time the agreement has been extended.