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Land Borders Between the US, Mexico and Canada Remain Closed Until Feb. 21
The restrictions prohibiting non-essential land travel between the United States, Mexico, and Canada will be extended until Feb. 21, at least. These border closures have been in place since last March, and were scheduled to be up for monthly review Jan. 21, 2021.
On Monday, Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs announced via Twitter that due to the ongoing spread of COVID, he suggested to the U.S. another month-long extension of restrictions on non-essential land transit at its common border.
The following day, Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, tweeted that the U.S.-Canada border closure would be extended for a tenth month.
“We are extending restrictions on non-essential travel with the United States until February 21st, 2021. Our Government will continue to ensure the safety of Canadians against COVID-19 and base our decisions on the best public health advice available.”
Following Blair’s announcement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stated in a Tuesday announcement posted to its Twitter account, “In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico and Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Feb. 21. We are working closely with Mexico and Canada to keep essential trade and travel open, while also protecting our citizens from the virus.”
It is not clear when the borders will reopen, however DHS said it “is working closely with our counterparts in Mexico and Canada to identify appropriate public health conditions to safely ease restrictions in the future and support U.S. border communities.”
Follow their latest updates at www.twitter.com/DHSgov.