Canada and the United States are expected to extend a ban on non-essential travel to late July as both countries seek to control the spread of the coronavirus, multiple sources tell Reuters. North of the border, Canadian sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to Canada’s CBC News that the two countries will likely extend the border restrictions but the agreement has yet to be signed. The ban was due to expire on June 21.
This will be the third extension of the travel ban, which was put in place on March 20 for 30 days and then extended in April and May. Commercial crossings for trade and commerce have continued throughout the pandemic.
In a news conference yesterday, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said that the U.S.-Canada border closure agreement is working, with essential business travel continuing.
While both countries have bent the coronavirus curve, Canada did it much earlier. Since the pandemic began, Canada has had fewer than 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and fewer than 8,000 deaths. Comparatively, the U.S. has had more than two million confirmed cases and over 115,000 deaths.
In Canada, the coronavirus outbreak is slowing in all provinces though large cities like Toronto and Montreal are still a concern. But in the U.S., COVID-19 is increasing in 14 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.