The US Acting Secretary of State for Homeland Security extends restrictions on non-essential travel on the U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic until August 21.
Wolf said on Twitter: “Due to the success of the existing restrictions and close cooperation with Mexico and Canada, @DHSgov will continue to limit non-essential travel to our land entry ports with Canada and Mexico until August 20.”
“Working closely with our neighbors has allowed us to respond to #COVID19 in a North American approach and slow the travel-related spread of the virus,” he added.
The US borders were first closed on March 21.
When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to the media in Ottawa on Thursday, he confirmed the development and added that “we will continue to work closely with our American neighbors to ensure the security of people on both sides of the border.”
In May Canada closed its borders to all foreigners except US citizens and permanent residents.
Previously, the United States, Canada, and Mexico had extended restrictions on 30-day travel across their respective common borders in the virus pandemic.
In San Ysidro, California, on the U.S.-Mexico border, passenger and pedestrian traffic decreased from more than 2.9 million people crossing in February to 1.3 million in May.
The restrictions do not apply to travelers who come to work or people who travel for family, educational, or humanitarian reasons.