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US, Canada Agree To Keep Border Closed For Another Month

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The United States and Canada agreed to extend a ban on all non-essential travel on their shared border for another month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced.

Trudeau said his government and the Trump administration opted to extend a ban on all non-essential travel between the U.S.-Canada border for an additional 30 days, according to The Associated Press. The restrictions will likely be extended again, he added.

“The agreement is the same terms. It’s just extended for another 30 days,” Trudeau said. “It will ensure we continue to get essential goods and services back and forth across the border.”

The border restrictions will be in place for “many, many weeks to come,” he continued.

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US Customs officers stand beside a sign saying that the US border is closed at the US/Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020. (Photo by LARS HAGBERG/AFP via Getty Images)

Per orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on March 20 announced that the administration would be closing all non-essential travel on its Canadian and Mexican borders — and that all illegal entrants would be turned back.

To be sure, many types of international travel is still permitted, for the sake of economic trade and other important work.

Some examples of the “essential” movement that is permitted include travel for medical and educational purposes, emergency response operations, public health services and anyone engaged in “lawful cross-border trade.”

“Every day, over $3 billion in trade crosses the borders of the United States, Mexico and Canada,” Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acting commissioner Mark Morgan said earlier in April. “This trade is essential to the economies and well-being of North America.” (RELATED: Senate Democrats Say Trump Admin ‘Blatantly Misinterpreting’ The Law With Emergency Border Closure)

The border closure was supposed to expire in the coming week, but as the coronavirus pandemic rages on throughout the world, Trudeau and the Trump administration deemed it best to keep the restrictions in place.

As of Saturday morning, the United States reported more than 694,296 cases of coronavirus, and nearly 31,500 deaths. Canada reported more than 32,800 cases and slightly more than 1,300 deaths.

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