Canada and United States Extend Border Closure Agreement Until August 21 – National

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WASHINGTON – The United States, Canada and Mexico have agreed to keep their common borders closed to non-essential traffic until at least the end of August due to COVID-19.The acting US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said Thursday by announcing the extension that cross-border traffic restrictions in effect since March have helped slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Authorities have said in recent days that a further 30-day extension is likely before the expiration of the previous 30-day extension.

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The partial closure restricts the crossing to commercial traffic, people returning to their country of origin and other journeys deemed essential. It prohibits people from traveling between countries for tourism or shopping, which is economically important for border communities.

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The extension agreed by the three countries would keep the border closed until August 21.

As it happens, COVID-19 continues to soar in many parts of the United States and Mexico.

The border restrictions are intended to maintain the commercial traffic in goods which is vital to the economies of the three countries.

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