Canada, US poised to extend border restrictions to Aug. 21

With information from Associated Press/CTV reports
Updated: July 14, 2020 11:56 AM

The U.S. and Canada are poised to extend their agreement to keep their shared border closed to non-essential travel to Aug. 21, but a final confirmation has not been given, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The agreement would extend the closure by another 30 days. The official was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of an announcement this week, and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The restrictions were announced on March 18 and were extended in April, May and June.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that bilateral discussions about the border are continuing. After speaking to President Donald Trump, Trudeau told reporters that the two countries will make an announcement before the current border agreement expires.

"We've pledged to continue to monitor closely the situation that is constantly evolving. We will be discussing with our American partners what the next steps should be. And I think this is a situation that is evolving rapidly and therefore, we need to keep responding to the situation on the ground," Trudeau said.

There have been concerns in Canada about the high number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., which a Canadian reporter referred to as a "calamity" in questioning Trudeau Monday. Trudeau said his government is going to "work hard to keep Canadians safe and to keep our economy flowing."

Trudeau said Monday he was sure officials would have more to say by the end of the week.

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