US Extends Restrictions at Mexico, Canada Borders Through Jan. 21

Reuters
By Reuters
December 11, 2020USshare
US Extends Restrictions at Mexico, Canada Borders Through Jan. 21
A U.S. and a Canadian flag flutter at the Canada-United States border crossing at the Thousand Islands Bridge, which remains closed to non-essential traffic to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lansdowne, Ontario, Canada September 28, 2020. (Lars Hagberg/Reuters/File Photo)

WASHINGTON—U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Jan. 21 with coronavirus cases spiking to record numbers across the country, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Friday.

The decision means the next administration will determine when it will drop the restrictions, first imposed in March to control the spread of the virus. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said on Twitter the latest one-month extension was to “continue to prevent the spread of COVID.”

Statistics Canada said in October that August visits to Canada by car by U.S. travelers were down 95.7 percent, and the number of U.S. travelers to Canada by plane fell by 97.9 percent.

By David Shepardson

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