U.S., Canada extend border closure to June 21

Any plans to cross the Blue Water Bridge into Canada will have to be postponed yet again. 

“To fight #COVID19 spread and protect our citizens, the U.S. is continuing restrictions on non-essential travel at land borders through June 21, while allowing essential trade & travel. We’re working closely with Canada & Mexico to safely ease restrictions as conditions improve,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tweeted Thursday morning. 

Restrictions to traffic crossing the borders was first put into place in mid-March 2020. Non-essential travel was paused while traffic considered essential has been permitted, including trucking. 

“We are extending travel restrictions on non-essential international travel and with the United States until June 21st, 2021. We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe from #COVID19,” Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair tweeted Thursday. 

The ban on non-essential travel was set to expire Friday.