Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that the border was a source of vulnerability, so the agreement would be extended for another 30 days. Restrictions were announced on March 18 and extended in April.
Trudeau said Canadian provincial leaders clearly wanted to continue this action.
“This will make people in our two countries safe.” Said Trudeau.
U.S. President Donald Trump also confirmed the extension, but was looking forward to the end, saying, “everything we want to return to normal.”
But many Canadians are afraid of reopening. The US has more confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 than any other country in the world, although the per capita figure is far below that of many other countries.
Important cross-border workers such as health professionals, airline crews and truck drivers are still allowed to cross. Truck drivers are very important because they move food and medical goods in both directions. Most Canadian food supplies originate from or through the U.S.
Americans who returned to America and Canada who returned to Canada were also freed from the closure of the border.
Canada sends 75% of its exports to the US and about 18% of American exports are sent to Canada. U.S. Canadian Border is the longest border in the world between two countries.
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