David Shepardson and David Ljunggren, Reuters, August 14, 2020
The United States will extend to a ban on non-essential travel at land borders with Canada and Mexico for another 30 days as several states struggle to contain a coronavirus outbreak, a top U.S. official confirmed Friday.
Acting U.S. Homeland Security Department Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed the action on Twitter. Reuters reported earlier Friday the planned extension at the U.S.-Canada border.
The month-long ban – which does not cover trade or travel by air – was first imposed in March and has been rolled over several times as cases in the United States spike. The current range of restrictions runs out on Aug 21.
A U.S. official briefed on the matter said the measures could last several more months depending on the progression of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 165,000 Americans.
Last month Canada tightened its rules for foreign travelers who must transit to get to Alaska after several U.S. citizens were fined for making detours to sightsee.