Canada/US border closure will remain in place for another month

The border closure between Canada and the United States has been extended for another month.

According to Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, the extension will be in place until February 21.

“We are extending restrictions on non-essential travel with the United States until February 21st,” Blair tweeted on Tuesday. “Our Government will continue to ensure the safety of Canadians against COVID-19 and base our decisions on the best public health advice available.”

During a press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Trudeau also spoke briefly about the decision, adding “it will keep people on both sides of the border safe.”

In March of last year, all non-essential travel was closed along the border. However, trucking and trade were not affected, as maintaining commerce between the two countries was deemed essential for Canada’s economic recovery.

At the time, Trudeau said the border would be closed for as long as it needs to be.