Canada and U.S. Close Border to Non-Essential Travel

Canada and the United States have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across the border in order to help stem any further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a news conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, announcing travelers will no longer be able to cross the border for recreation or tourism. 

“These measures will last in place as long as we feel they need to last,” Trudeau said, adding it “will be happening very soon.”

“In both our countries, we’re encouraging people to stay home. We’re telling our citizens not to visit their neighbors if they don’t absolutely have to. Well, this collaborative and reciprocal measure is an extension of that prudent approach.”

U.S. President Donald Trump also confirmed the news during his own news conference on Wednesday. 

Trade will not be affected by this new measure. Food, fuel and life-saving medicines will still be permitted to cross the border.

Americans and Canadians will also be allowed to cross the border to do “essential work and for other urgent reasons.”

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