U.S. Borders with Canada, Mexico to Remain Closed thru Oct. 21
The U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico will remain shut through Oct. 21. Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, tweeted the announcement.
"We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19," he wrote. "Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through October 21."
Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair also shared the news on the social media platform, saying, "We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe."
The Twitter account for Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, confirmed the news before Wolf last week.
Both borders were closed to all but essential traffic in mid-March after the coronavirus pandemic hit, with government officials announcing multiple extensions as case counts continued to rise, especially in the U.S. The most recent extension, announced in mid-August, was due to expire Sept. 21.
Source: USA Today