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May 19 2020 Canada-U.S. border to remain closed to non-essential travel for another month

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Canada-U.S. border to remain closed to non-essential travel for another month

Rachel AielloOttawa News Bureau Online Producer

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Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:53AM EDTLast Updated Tuesday, May 19, 2020 11:24AM EDT 
 

OTTAWA -- An agreement has been reached between Canada and the United States to keep the border closed to all non-essential travel for another month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.

The extension on the existing agreement means that the border restrictions will stay in place until June 21, even as parts of both countries begin gradually reopening. 

“This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe,” Trudeau said on Tuesday. 

Talks had been underway since last week, with Canada wanting to see the travel limitations left in place for another month. Trudeau has taken the position that now is not the time to talk about terms of loosening the cross-border shutdown

Facing questions about possible leniency for family members to reunite,Trudeau has said that opening up international travel would make Canadians “vulnerable” as countries worldwide are still working to contain outbreaks. 

Last month, Canada and the United States agreed to extend the closure. That agreement is set to expire on May 21.

The agreement, as it stands, exempts the flow of trade and commerce, as well as vital health-care workers such as nurses who live and work on opposite sides of the border.

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AC had already delayed the reload for most US flying until June 22. They must have been given a heads up.

Combined with the  current Federal 14 day mandatory entry quarantine in Canada, June will remain a write off from a revenue perspective for CDN passenger carriers. 

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3 hours ago, rudder said:

Combined with the  current Federal 14 day mandatory entry quarantine in Canada, June will remain a write off from a revenue perspective for CDN passenger carriers. 

No doubt, although domestic travel might pick up somewhat as the provinces reopen.

Several EU countries are reopening to tourism in June or July, although the 14 day quarantine here will remain a hurdle for now.

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The Canada 14 day quarantine entry requirement may remain in place for some time to come. If so, kiss summer international passenger travel to Canada goodbye.

From CBC:

 Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said that as public health measures are gradually lifted, it will be extremely important for health officials to detect and clamp down on new cases to ensure the health care system isn't overwhelmed. She said efforts to manage the spread of the virus have been assisted by the reduction in the number of international travellers coming to Canada.

"If there is increased volume, we want to make sure that we have the safety of Canadians top of mind. So we want to make sure we not only keep up but also strengthen some of those measures," she said, adding that the mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals remains a "cornerstone" of federal pandemic policy going forward.

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A few hours ago 8:53 MDT, Justin is quoted as saying an agreement had been reached yet a number of hours later the word from the US was "Likely" . Was Justin too quick off the mark or is Chad Wolf not fully briefed on the subject?

MAY 19, 2020 / 12:58 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO  `12:47 MDT

U.S. 'likely' to extend travel restrictions on Canada, Mexico: Homeland Security's Wolf

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf said Tuesday the Trump administration is “likely” to extend non-essential travel restrictions at U.S. land borders with Mexico and Canada that are set to expire on Wednesday.

“We really have to see what is the health care situation like in Mexico and Canada, how are their cases, have they hit their curve?” Wolf said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event. “What we don’t want to do is try to open up parts of our economy and have a lot of folks coming across the border that we haven’t seen in the past 50 or 60 days.” Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada and the United States have agreed to extend a ban on non-essential land travel between the two nations by another 30 days.

Reporting by David Sh

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I don't think he needs to worry about a flood of Canadians going to the US, keep our border closed to Americans.

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I guess was not fully briefed, here is the latest:

at 1643MDT

 

U.S. extends travel restrictions at Canada, Mexico land borders

 

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WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - The United States and Canada said on Tuesday they would extend a ban on non-essential cross-border travel by another 30 days to help the fight against the coronavirus.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said restrictions, first imposed in mid-March and previously set to expire on Wednesday, would now be extended until June 22 for both Canada and Mexico.

“This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of the U.S.-Canada agreement.

There was no immediate comment from the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

The United States also said on Tuesday it would extend pandemic-related rules that permit rapid deportations of migrants caught at U.S. borders, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health emergency order.

The new border rules, first issued in March and renewed in April, will be extended for an indefinite period but be reviewed by U.S. health officials every 30 days, according to the order.

Relations between Canada and the United States have steadily improved since a low point in June 2018, when President Donald Trump accused Trudeau of being weak.

The restrictions do not cover trade across a border that stretches 5,525 miles (8,891 km).

Trudeau said that once non-essential travel restarted, Canada would need “to have strong measures in place.”

Acting U.S. Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf said Washington would examine how Canada and Mexico were handling the outbreak.

 

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5 hours ago, mo32a said:

I don't think he needs to worry about a flood of Canadians going to the US, keep our border closed to Americans.

We flew YYZ to FLL last Friday. Load was about 40%.

Methinks if you had a business that was tourism based, you might not be so disinclined to welcome visitors from the US.

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