Canada and the United States have reached an agreement to extend the border closure to non-essential travel for another month, announced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday.

The extension of the existing agreement means that the border restrictions will stay in place until July 21st.

The original date of expiry was set for this Sunday.

“This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe,” said Trudeau during his daily address.

The extension means travellers will continue to no longer be allowed to cross the border for recreational or tourist purposes.

As always, essential border crossings and trade movements will not be impeded by these measures.

As it stands, the closure agreement exempts the flow of trade and commerce, as well as vital health care workers such as nurses who live and work on opposite sides of the border.

This is the third time the agreement has been extended. The initial border closure was announced in March, as a collaborative effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Prime Minister also announced on Tuesday that the federal government will be extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit by eight more weeks.

On June 8, Trudeau announced a limited exemption allowing families in Canada to reunite with their loved ones who have not been able to enter the country from the US due to the pandemic.

With files from Brishti Basu.

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