Canada/USA Border to Stay Closed for Another Month

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Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

By: Jag Dhatt

Many people were hoping that the Canada/USA border would re-open in mid-June after many months of being closed.

That is not the case for at least another month now, where all non-essential travel between the two nations is to remain closed until at least July 21st.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that the decision was made to ensure the safety of both the Canadians and Americans: “Canada and the US have agreed to extend the border measures currently in place by 30 days, until July 21st.”

During this time, both Canadian and American authorities have stated that trucking will continue to operate to ensure that food, essential and critical supplies will be delivered as necessary. Both Prime Minister Trudeau and American President, Donald Trump, have recognized the importance of the North American transportation industry.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the North American economy pretty hard, but with restrictions slowly being lifted, it appears that the two nations have begun the recovery phase. But there is still a long way to go before things return to normal; but will the normal we are all used to ever return?

Not all, but many people’s mindsets have changed to be more careful and this might result in a shift in society’s behaviour. Only time will tell. But until then, thank truckers for keeping food, goods and critical supplies moving.

And yes, let’s hope that after July 21st, non-essential travel between Canada and USA will be allowed.