US-Canada border to remain closed until America brings COVID-19 under control: Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated in an interview yesterday that US-Canada border will remain closed until America gets COVID-19 under control.

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JP Karwacki
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Canada Border
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In an interview yesterday, Justin Trudeau told the hosts of The Start podcast that the US-Canada border will remain closed until American brings the spread of the COVID-19 virus under control. That means the previously planned lift of the border closure on October 21 likely won't happen.

"This second wave is really exhausting," the Prime Minister said, noting that the caseloads were beginning to spike again in Canada with the oncoming flu season.

He went on to say that non-essential travel should be avoided for Canadians, who are permitted to visit America; something that doesn't go both ways.

"The recommendation is... to avoid non-essential travel. That's for people's own safety," Trudeau said. "There's a lot of people very worried about what's happening south of the border in Florida, in Arizona, in California and other places where the virus is not under control than we are here (in Canada)."

When asked if he would keep the borders closed? "The United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders," he told the hosts of the Global News podcast. "We will continue to make sure that Canadian safety is top of mind when we move forward."

It appears that this is a sign that Canada plans to maintain a lot of border restrictions towards not only the United States, but other countries elsewhere in the world. "We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place," the Prime Minister added.

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