Covid19 : US extends Canada and Mexico border restrictions
The US homeland security department on Wednesday said that the country’s land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed for all non-essential travel until August 21, reported news agency Reuters. The United States closed land borders for all non-essential travel at the start of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in March 2020 and continued extending it on a monthly basis. It has been extended for another 30 days even as they have allowed Canadians to fly in.
“To decrease the spread of Covid-19, including the Delta variant, the United States is extending restrictions on nonessential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through August 21,” a spokesman for the department said in an email. “D.H.S. is in constant contact with Canadian and Mexican counterparts to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably.”
U.S. citizens can travel into Mexico for any reason to buy cheaper goods of access cheaper health care, or because they live in Mexico and commute to the United States for work but the border shutdown has meant many border businesses have lost customers and been forced to close.
Nonessential travel restrictions from Canada and Mexico do not apply to air, freight rail or sea, and traveling by land is still allowed for many reasons, including business, medical purposes and education