(WBEN) - CTV News in Canada reports that both Canadian and US officials have agreed to keep the border closed to non-essential travel for another month.
The border has been closed to recreational travel since March, while still allowing trade and commercial traffic, as well as those who cross the border for work. The latest extension was set to expire on July 21.
“I do feel it’s Canada pushing for this,” said Jamie Fiegel of Fiegel, Carr, and Joyce Immigration Law when the border closure was last extended in June.
Even if restrictions on border travel were lifted, Fiegel said that as long as Canada remains under their Quarantine Act day travel would be impossible because of the requirement for anyone who enters the country to have a plan to quarantine themselves for two weeks.
“It’s got to all work together,” Fiegel said. “While Canada is still quarantining its citizens, it’s very hard to bring visitors in.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that a decision on the border would be announced “in the coming days.”
“We’re going to continue to work hard to keep Canadians safe and to keep our economies flowing and we will have more to say later this week,” Trudeau said
Most Canadians fear a reopening. The U.S. has more confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 than any country in the world while Canada has flattened the epidemic curve.
Essential cross-border workers like healthcare professionals, airline crews and truck drivers are still permitted to cross. Truck drivers are critical as they move food and medical goods in both directions. Much of Canada’s food supply comes from or via the U.S.