In a move that is becoming a monthly routine, the Canada-U.S. border closure was extended yet again due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced the extension on Twitter, saying that restrictions would be in place until at least Nov. 21, 2020.
We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21st, 2020. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe. More info:https://t.co/EZ3pi3asJr
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) October 19, 2020
The border was initially closed to non-essential travellers on March 21 and closures have since been extended multiple times.
Currently, all discretionary or optional travel is prohibited for people entering Canada from the U.S.
Exemptions are permitted for essential travel, provided individuals are not presenting signs of COVID-19 and also have a plan in place for a 14-day quarantine period.
A very limited number of travellers are exempted from quarantine, including people who regularly cross the border to provide essential goods or services.
Additional information on the border closure is available online at the Government of Canada website.