We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of # COVID19. As a result, we have agreed to extend the restriction on non-essential travel to our shared land entry points until September 21.
– Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) August 14, 2020
Non-essential travel has now been banned between the three countries for six months. The ban on non-essential travel has been extended several times at roughly 30-day intervals since March. Essential border workers such as nurses and truckers were allowed to cross during this time.
“We will continue to do what is necessary to ensure the safety of our communities”, Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said on Twitter.
We are extending reciprocal restrictions at the Canada-US border for an additional 30 days, until September 21, 2020. We will continue to do what is necessary to keep our communities safe.
– Bill Blair (@BillBlair) August 14, 2020
The extension comes as the United States continues to see cases of the coronavirus outbreak in parts of the country. The United States has more cases than any other country in the world at over 5.2 million cases, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
Mexico has reported more than 500,000 cases and Canada has reported over 123,000.