U.S., Canada, Mexico to Keep Land Border Closed Until August

The closure of the land borders between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico has once again been extended, shutting down non-essential travel between the three countries until at least Aug. 21.

The closure has been in effect since it was announced on March 18 and has since been extended several times, including last month. The closure affects non-essential travel but allows for certain exceptions, including Americans coming back into the country and essential trade.

“Based on the success of the existing restrictions and close collaboration with Mexico and Canada, @DHSgov will continue to limit non-essential travel at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico until Aug 20,” Chad Wolf, the acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, said in a tweet. “Close collaboration with our neighbors has allowed us to respond to #COVID19 in a North American approach and slow the travel-related spread of the virus.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the extension was a move “to keep people in both our countries safe.”

Since the land border was closed, passenger crossings have dropped by 90 percent or more, Reuters reported.

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