The Canada-U.S. border will stay closed to non-essential travel until at least August 20.
Acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf sent out the info in a tweet Thursday.
Close collaboration with our neighbors has allowed us to respond to #COVID19 in a North American approach and slow the travel-related spread of the virus.
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) July 16, 2020
It’s a move that is likely to please most Canadians.
A number of recent studies have shown that the majority of Canadians are opposed to opening the world’s longest undefended land border over the summer.
The U.S. continues to lead the world in number of confirmed cases, with many states currently experiencing a sharp increase in cases.
However, attitudes seem to be different on the other side of the border.
A growing number of politicians in northern border states, including New York, are pushing both Ottawa and Washington to lift or ease the travel restrictions.
Although most traffic is not allowed across the border, exceptions are being made for essential trade and commerce and for people who live on one side and work on the other.
Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians returning to Canada are also exempt from the closure.