For the thirteenth time, the Canada-U.S. border reopening has been pushed back by another month.
On April 20 — one day before the last extension was set to end — Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair confirmed that the border would remain closed to discretionary travel until at least May 21, 2021.
Non-essential travel restrictions with the United States have been extended until May 21st, 2021. We will continue… https://t.co/qHU1AxyFwu— Bill Blair (@Bill Blair) 1618925452.0
Blair said that decisions would continue to be made based on “the best public health advice available.”
Borders between the two countries have remained closed to non-essential travel for over a year, with restrictions first going into effect back in March 2020.
It comes as Canada continues to deal with a “very serious” third wave of COVID-19. Earlier this month, Canada’s average daily confirmed cases (per million people) topped that of the United States for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.