Travel plans to the US will have to be pushed back another month due to extended border restrictions.
If you were planning to go to the US this month, you may be disappointed: Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced that the current border restrictions on non-essential travel between Canada and the US have been extended again for another 30 days until November 21, 2020.
The travel restrictions between Canada and the US first started in March and have been prolonged several times due to the continuing rise of COVID-19 across the US. The US currently has the most COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world, so the ban on non-essential travel is intended to reduce the travel-related spread of the virus within Canada.
To help reduce the spread of #COVID19, the current restrictions for all non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. will remain in effect until November 21, 2020. More info on entry restrictions and exemptions in 🇨🇦: https://t.co/oEk9Rdr225 pic.twitter.com/vAIc482FYr
— Public Safety Canada (@Safety_Canada) October 19, 2020
Addressing the continued extensions of the Canada-US border restrictions on Global News radio show The Start last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “we have committed to keeping Canadians safe and we keep extending the border closures because the United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders.”
As a result of the extended restrictions, anyone with plans to fly south for the winter will have to wait a bit longer. However, this may not be unwelcome news. According to a poll taken by Ipsos in July 2020, 85% of Canadians want to keep the border closed until the end of 2020.
Limiting our non-essential travel to the US may be one of the ways we can do our part as Canada and the world collectively attempts to contain this pandemic.
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