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COVID-19: U.S. government to keep border closed until at least Aug. 21

Canada plans to open its border to fully-vaccinated Americans on Aug. 9
Thunder Bay Duluth Border Sign
The Pigeon River Border Crossing has been closed since March 2020. (Leith Dunick,

The United States government issued an order to keep the U.S. land borders with Mexico and Canada closed until at least Aug. 21.

“Given the outbreak and continued transmission and spread of COVID-19 within the United States and globally, the secretary has determined that the risk of continued transmission and spread of the virus associated with COVID-19 between the United States and Canada poses an ongoing specific threat to human life or national interests” says the United States Government in a notice pre-published in the U.S. federal register.

The order came just a few days after Canada announced that it will open its borders on Aug. 9. On that date, fully vaccinated Americans will be permitted to enter Canada for non-essential reasons. Americans hoping to travel will have to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to coming into Canada.

On Sept. 7, so long as COVID-19 numbers remain low and vaccine rates remain high, the Canadian government plans to open its borders to any fully vaccinated travellers with a government-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering the country.

- With files from TbNewsWatch