The feds on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border have announced that closure to non-essential traffic at land crossings will be extended at least another month. As of today, restrictions will remain in place and are extended until at least April 21.
“We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe from #COVID19,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in a tweet, confirming the extension.
To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, and in coordination with our partners in Canada and Mexico, the United States is extending the restrictions on non-essential travel at our land borders through April 21, while ensuring continued flows of essential trade and travel.
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) March 18, 2021
Land borders were closed to all non-essential traffic under a mutual agreement with the U.S. in March of last year as cases of COVID-19 skyrocketed south of the border. Measures at Canada’s land crossings were brought in as concerns on both sides of the border as the spread grew.
It’s unclear when the border restrictions may be either eased or lifted, as vaccination efforts continue both in Canada and the U.S. Canada has lagged behind other countries in getting its population inoculated with approximately 7.5% of immunized as of March 18, 2021.