Sources told CTV News that COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed on the Canada-US land border are expected to remain in effect for at least another month.
The current agreement to close the Canada-US border to non-essential travel was first imposed in March to limit the spread of the virus. The restrictions have been renewed monthly since then. The current renewal is expected to expire on November 21, but sources told CTV News that these measures will be extended until December 21.
Tourists and cross-border visits are still prohibited, except for commercial reasons. Some family members may give humanitarian reasons to be allowed into Canada from the United States, as well as from other countries, under a set of rules.
With COVID-19 cases continuing to soar on both sides of the border, the decision to continue to restrict travel is not surprising. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and health officials have said throughout the pandemic that until the spread is controlled, the reduction of border measures will be risky for citizens in both countries.
Public Health Director Dr. Theresa Tam has said that the safe timing assessment to allow leisure travel to continue between Canada and the US is ongoing. Canadian health officials regularly communicate with US public health agencies, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tam has also stated that the first step will be to carefully reopen travel restrictions within Canada, such as the Atlantic zone.
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