Madeline Sponsler, FISM News
Top U.S. Officials Confirm that the United States will extend to a ban on non-essential travel at land borders with Canada and Mexico for another 30 days as several states battle coronavirus outbreaks.
We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21.
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) August 14, 2020
The month-long ban does not cover trade or travel by air. The ban was first introduced in March, and has been extended several times since then as the coronavirus cases in the U.S. spiked.
A handful of major Canadian provinces say they want to keep out U.S. tourists until there is clear evidence the coronavirus outbreak south of the border is under control. Several U.S. citizens were fined for making detours to sightsee in Canada while traveling to Alaska. Last month Canada tightened its rules for foreign travelers.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told the U.S. government that Mexico supports extending restrictions for an additional month. “Mexico has recorded over half a million official coronavirus cases and 55,000 deaths while Canada has had more success. The total number of Canadian cases is 121,234, with 9,015 deaths,” according to a Reuters report.
Sourced from Reuters