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Canada & U.S. are working on a deal to close border to non-essential travel


Canada & U.S. are working on a deal to close border to non-essential travel
Michael Pihach

Michael Pihach is an award-winning journalist with a keen interest in digital storytelling. In addition to PAX, Michael has also written for CBC Life, Ryerson University Magazine, IN Magazine, and DailyXtra.ca. Michael joins PAX after years of working at popular Canadian television shows, such as Steven and Chris, The Goods and The Marilyn Denis Show.

This story was updated on Wednesday, March 18th at 9:51 a.m. 

Reports late Tuesday night were indicating that Canada and United States were working on a deal that would close their shared border to non-essential travel in an effort halt the spread of COVID-19.

Citing "multiple sources with direct knowledge of the talks," CBC News reported that details are still being worked out, but could surface as early as Wednesday (March 18th).

The agreement would close the border to tourists and shoppers while still allowing Canadians to return home

U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed the news Tuesday morning on his Twitter account: 

"We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected," Trump tweeted. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to elaborate on the new measures at a press conference Tuesday morning. 

CNN first reported this development Tuesday night with CBC claiming that multiple sources have confirmed the accuracy of the report. 

While Trudeau has been reluctant to close the border, it's something he hasn't ruled out either. 

If the ban were to be enacted, it would follow Trudeau's announcement on Monday to close Canada's borders to most foreign travellers in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Canada has closed its borders to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents. However, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens, at the moment, are still allowed to enter. 

“I know that these measures are far-reaching,” Trudeau said Monday in Ottawa. “They are exceptional circumstances calling for exceptional measures.”


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