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COVID-19: Canada-U.S. border to remain closed through Oct. 21

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness confirms land crossings will continue to remain closed well into fall to all but essential travelers
Pigeon River Border
The Pigeon River border crossing into Canada. (Leith Dunick,

OTTAWA – Bill Blair says Canada will extend non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until at least Oct. 21.

The minister of public safety and emergency preparedness confirmed the details in a Twitter post made on Friday morning. The current agreement was scheduled to expire on Monday.

“We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health available to keep Canadians safe,” Blair writes.

The border between the two countries has been closed to all non-essential land traffic since March. Air travel is still permitted.

Anyone returning to Canada or entering the country must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.


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A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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