U.S.-Canada border to remain shut until September

American & Canadian flags at Blue Water Bridge Aug. 2020 (BlackburnNews.com photo by Dave Dentinger)

Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has announced the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed for another month.

Bill Blair announced the extension on Twitter Friday morning.

The border has been closed to all except essential travel since the World Health Organization declared the global pandemic in March.

Essential travel is defined as healthcare workers crossing the border to work in the U.S. and trucks carrying goods. All other travel, with few exceptions, is suspended until September 21.

As of Friday, there were 5.2 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to John Hopkins University, compared to 121,234 in Canada. While Canada had 390 new cases on Friday, the U.S. has reported tens of thousands of new ones daily.

NPR said there is uncontrolled community spread in seven states, including Florida, Georgia, and Idaho.