Border Closed Until June 21st to Nonessential Traffic

Port Huron, MI & Sarnia, Ontario — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a press conference on Tuesday that the governments of Canada and the United States agreed to extend the current measures in place along the border by 30 days. Those measures prohibit nonessential travel across the border.

The Canadian Border Services Agency reported an 88% decrease in land travel across all U.S. and Canadian border crossings for the week of May 11th – May 17th. The numbers also show a 31% decrease in truck drivers entering Canada compared with the same time last year. Commercial travel has not been restricted, but the idling of manufacturing plants in both countries has been a major factor in the reduction of truck traffic.

Trudeau said the extension of the border closure to nonessential traffic is “an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe.”

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand