US – Canadian Border Closure Extended

The United States and Canada have agreed to keep the border closed for nonessential travel for another 30 days, pushing any possible date for reopening to the latter part of May. Both countries announced the extension on Saturday , April 18th.

The restrictions on the world’s longest boarder took effect on March 21st, with only trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. The partial ban was to expire soon, but both countries have decided it is still not safe to allow traffic to fully resume.

“This is an important decision and one that will keep people on both sides of the border safe,” Trudeau told a news conference outside the residence where he has been living and working in recent weeks. Passenger travel between the US and Canada at the Blue Water Bridge has declined significantly since restrictions were put into place last month. The border typically sees between 2700 – 3200 passenger cars pass through each day, currently they are averaging between 110-125.

Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn