Border Closure between U.S. and Canada extended

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Trips to our neighbouring communities to the South of the US border will have to wait a little longer.  Today Canada has announced that it is extending its border restrictions on non-essential international travel for another month.

The extended restrictions will include travel between Canada and the United States. The previous order was set to expire on June 21, it will now expire on July 21.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair made the announcement on Twitter on Friday morning.

“Our number one priority as we fight #COVID19 is keeping Canadians safe. In coordination with the U.S., we are extending restrictions on non-essential international travel and with the United States until July 21st, 2021.”

Blair says the government is “planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians,” and further details will be provided on Monday.  Blair added further information in another Tweet.

“As we have said, the government is planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, Permanent Residents, and others who are currently permitted to enter Canada and will provide further details on Monday, June 21.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, still in quarantine at Rideau cottage following his trip overseas, has a news conference set for Friday morning.

The accelerated vaccine rollout in Canada is adding on the pressure to at least partially reopen the U.S. border after a fifteen-month shutdown.

Trudeau has said his plan to ease travel measures will take a phased-in approach and some cabinet ministers suggest the gradual plan won’t begin until early July.

There could also be some clarity provided on vaccine passports when the border plans are finally unveiled.

Premiers said they hoped to hear more details about the reopening plan in a call with the prime minister on Thursday night. Trudeau called the meeting with premiers amid concerns Canada is lagging behind other nations on resuming travel.

— with files from 680news.ca

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