Closing borders has become the latest step in fighting a worldwide pandemic. In order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Canada-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential travel. The Prime Minister has now provided a timeline for that closure.
In a March 19 address, Justin Trudeau announced that the border closure would be finalized before the end of the week.
"We are working on the final details with the U.S. but we expect the measures to come into effect sometime during the night between Friday and Saturday," Trudeau said, "so within a day and a half."
The Prime Minister also confirmed that details were still being worked out regarding the closure, saying "we are continuing to work on the fine-tuning of the agreement with the United States, we are almost there."
He confirmed the day before in his March 18 announcement that the border closure would not affect the flow of goods and products between the two countries.
"Canadians and Americans cross the border every day to do essential work or for other urgent reasons — that will not be impacted," he said in a report from Global News.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the agreement between both countries before Trudeau's own address to the public, writing "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected."
The Canadian government has been taking more extreme measures in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country.
Trudeau previously announced the closure of borders to anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
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Only four airports across the country will be accepting international flights for the time being.
The Prime Minister has also continued to urge Canadians who are still travelling abroad to come home. The government is working with Air Canada and WestJet to make sure they can.