Canada’s borders will remain closed for the foreseeable future, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau said he plans to keep Canada’s borders closed as long as coronavirus cases remain elevated in the U.S.
“We have committed to keeping Canadians safe and we keep extending the border closures because the States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” he said. “We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place,” he added.
Trudeau closed Canada’s international borders to non-essential travel in March when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Similar restrictions went into effect along the U.S.-Canada border with exemptions for trade.
The U.S. and Canadian governments have renewed the border closure on a monthly basis, with non-essential travel currently restricted until October 21.
Facing pressure to ramp up relief efforts for hard-hit airlines and the tourism sector, Trudeau has resisted industry calls to loosen travel restrictions. His government plans to promote Canada as a safe destination for international travel once the pandemic subsides.