OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The land border between Canada and the U.S. will stay closed to non-essential travel for at least another 30 days.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the restriction will last until Feb. 21.
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“This is an important decision, and one that will keep people on both sides of the border safe,” Trudeau said. “Things are really tough right now, and we all want this pandemic to be behind us.”
Trudeau acknowledged Canadians have missed out and given up a lot through the pandemic, but he said even small actions can make a huge difference.
“But what will define this pandemic isn’t what we couldn’t do — it’s what we could do, and what we did,” he said.
The restriction has been in place since last March and has been rolled over on a monthly basis.
The travel ban doesn’t apply to those who must cross to ensure the continued flow of goods and essential services, including truckers and hospital staff.