In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections between the US, Mexico, and Canada, the Department of Homeland Security has extended the duration of border closures until July 21. 

“To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel,” DHS wrote in connection with the border restrictions that were first placed in March 2020 during the onset of the pandemic.

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Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the border would stay largely closed until 75 percent of Canadians receive the first of a two-dose coronavirus vaccine and 20 percent get both shots.

The DHS also added that reopening strategies are being discussed looking at the current scenario of infections in all three countries. It wrote, “DHS also notes positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other U.S. agencies in the White House’s expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably.”

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