Canada-US border to stay closed another month

Blue Water Bridge from Point Edward. (Photo by Ontario's Blue Coast)

The Canada-United States border will stay closed to non-essential travel until at least February 21, 2021.

Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Border crossings, including the Blue Water Bridge, have been closed to all but essential traffic since March 21, 2020. Essential traffic includes health care workers employed in Michigan and truck drivers delivering essential goods between the two countries.

Restrictions were set to expire on January 21.

To date, the State of Michigan has reported nearly 570,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 14,000 deaths. Ontario has had 227,000 cases and over 5,000 deaths.