US-Canada border restrictions extended for another 30 days

US-Canada border restrictions extended for another 30 days
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The U.S.-Canada border restrictions will be extended for another 30 days as both countries continue to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauAre US-Japan relations on the rocks? US to restrict border crossings for another month: reports Iran blames communication, missile battery alignment for shooting down Ukrainian jet MORE announced Saturday at a press briefing.  

"This is an important decision and one that will keep people on both sides of the border safe," Trudeau said. 

The restrictions took effect on March 21, banning any nonessential travel between the two countries. The U.S. has similar restrictions with the southern border, which allow trade to continue but have slowed down passenger traffic in ports of entry that are typically very busy.  

As of Saturday, Canada has reported 30,000 cases of infection and 1,250 deaths from COVID-19. New York and Washington, two of the U.S. states that have been hit hardest by the virus, share a border with Canada. 

Trudeau said on Thursday that the border between Canada and the U.S. likely won't reopen to nonessential travel anytime soon as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. 

"There’s a recognition that as we move forward there will be special thought given to this relationship," Trudeau said at a daily briefing. "But at the same time we know that there is a significant amount of time still before we can talk about loosening such restrictions."

When asked about potentially relaxing border restrictions with Canada on Wednesday, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE said that "our relationship with Canada is very good" and "we’ll talk about that."

“It will be one of the early borders to be released. We’re doing well. We’ll see. But at some point, we’ll be doing that,” Trump said.