Canada-U.S. border closure extended yet again

Canada remains off-limits for at least another month.

Officials from both the United States and its neighbor to the north on Friday confirmed that the ban on non-essential traffic between the two nations will be extended until Oct. 21.

The prohibition has been in place since March.

Vermont has seven ports of entry with Canada, all via the province of Quebec. The International Boundary between the U.S. and Canada is the longest in the world, with 119 legal land crossings over the 5,000-plus miles dividing the two countries.

Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Bill Blair, Canada’s public safety minister, each said Friday morning that the restrictions enacted earlier in the pandemic would continue for another month.

Essential cross-border workers — such as healthcare professionals, airline crews and truck drivers — are still permitted to cross, according to the Associated Press. Commercial trucking is critical to the flow of food and medical goods in both directions. Much of Canada’s food supply comes from or via the U.S.

Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure, as are immediate family members. People arriving in Canada by air must quarantine for two weeks, according to the Canadian government.

Earlier:Canada-U.S. border closed for another month

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