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Trudeau confirms another extension of border closure

Trudeau confirms another extension of border closure Photo: WDIO-TV

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Updated: July 16, 2020 05:21 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced another extension to the closure of the border between the U.S. and Canada.

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The closure to nonessential travel is now in place until August 21.  Trudeau said the extension is being made "to keep people in both our countries safe."

The extension was expected after Trudeau hinted at it earlier this week and a U.S. official told the Associated Press that an announcement was coming.

The U.S. has been hit harder by COVID-19 than Canada, and Canadians have been concerned by the recent increase in U.S. cases.

Canada is allowing only a few exceptions to the closure, including to allow immediate family members to enter from the U.S. to visit Canadian relatives. Even then, those crossing the border must quarantine for two weeks.

Four people have been charged in Fort Frances for violating quarantine, including a Minnesota couple seen making stops around town instead of heading straight to their destination and two Canadian men who were seen at a boat launch when they should have been in quarantine.

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