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The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday extended its travel restrictions between the US and Canada to Aug. 21 — following the announcement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the border would reopen to fully vaccinated Americans on Aug. 9.
“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,'” according to the notification posted to the Federal Register.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in the announcement that the extended restrictions are “temporary” and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. Aug. 21.
The border has been shut down to all non-essential travel since the initial COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.
Trudeau’s announcement — just three days ago — that the border would reopen was welcomed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who on Monday called it “a significant step in our state and nation’s recovery.”
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