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U.S./Canada border closure extended until January 21

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U.S./Canada border closure extended until January 21

THUNDER BAY, SAULT STE MARIE,  ONTARIO  ~~~~~  December 19, 2020 (LSN)  U.S. Canadian and Mexico  officials extended the border closure to non-essential travel until January 21, 2021. 

"In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Jan. 21," Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf tweeted on Friday. "We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus."

Bill Blair, Canada’s minister of public safety, announced the extension in a December 11 tweet, along with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf also announced the extension in a tweet the same day.

“Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe,” Blair wrote in the tweet, verbatim to his November 19 tweet announcing the previous extension.

Acknowledging in a follow-up tweet that the United States has made progress in the fight against COVID-19 with the FDA's authorization of the Pfizer vaccine, Wolf said, "As this administration continues to make great progress on a vaccine for COVID, we will reevaluate non-essential travel restrictions again early in the new year."

Canada's Public Safety Department and Mexico's Foreign Ministry also confirmed the extension of the border closure on Twitter.

The land borders between the three countries have been closed since March 18 and extended each month since. There are exceptions, including for trade as well as Americans returning to the U.S. and Canadians returning to Canada.

In addition, Americans traveling to or from Alaska are also allowed to drive through Canada, according to the Canada Border Services Agency, but have to display a “hang-tag” during their trip and can only pass through certain border crossings. Some, however, have taken advantage of that loophole and been caught.

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