USA and Canada extend border closure AGAIN until at least July 21

  • USA and Canada extend border closure AGAIN until at least July 21

USA and Canada extend border closure AGAIN until at least July 21

Restrictions on non-essential travel between Canada and the US will remain in place for at least another month.

"In coordination with the USA, we are extending restrictions on non-essential global travel and with the United States until July 21st, 2021", Blair said on Twitter.

Ottawa will reveal on June 21 how it plans to start lifting the measures for fully vaccinated Canadians. The world's longest undefended border has been closed to most travel since March 2020, when it was shut in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, still in quarantine at Rideau cottage following his trip overseas, has a news conference set for Friday morning.

One B.C. mayor was surprised to learn he couldn't attend a performance of Springsteen on Broadway in New York City because the venue operator, Jujamcyn Theaters, is limiting attendance to those who've had the mRNA shots or a shot of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

"We all want to get back to normal which means, yes, moving quickly, but it also means avoiding any further massive waves".

The accelerated vaccine rollout in Canada is adding on the pressure to at least partially reopen the US border after a fifteen-month shutdown.

"We're still seeing cases across the country and we want to get them down".

"Our number one priority as we fight COVID-19 is keeping Canadians safe", Blair tweeted on June 18. The restrictions have been extended month by month since.

"That's what I talked with the premiers about last night and I can tell you there is tremendous focus on making sure we are doing this as quickly and safely as possible".

Travellers will need to have been fully vaccinated 14 days or more before they arrive in Canada.

Trudeau - who received the AstraZeneca vaccine himself - said discussions with other countries on how they will treat those who've had a dose of that product are still ongoing.

The decision garnered immediate criticism from two U.S. congressmen who co-chair the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group. Trudeau said the first phase is to allow fully vaccinated residents to upload proof of inoculation onto a mobile phone app that travelers are already required to use in order to enter the country.

Ontario and Quebec only opened this week for non essential travel between the two provinces.

The prime minister, who is in quarantine after a trip to the United Kingdom and Brussels to attend global summits, provided some detail about the government's plan to ease restrictions.

"We've been quite supportive of the government coming up with a policy and a mechanism on how it's going to capture that data".