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BAN ON NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL BETWEEN CANADA, US TO LAST UNTIL JULY

Canada and the United States are set to extend a ban on non-essential travel to late July as both countries seek to control the spread of the coronavirus, according to sources familiar with the matter, David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer wrote for Reuters on June 10, 2020.


Washington and Ottawa introduced month-long restrictions in March and renewed them in April and May. The ban, currently due to expire on June 21, does not affect trade.

Canadian and US sources said although the governments had not yet taken a final decision, a further extension was highly likely. “It’s going to be a clean rollover” on June 21, said a US source who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation. “We will want to look at it again in July.”

The US Department of Homeland Security was not immediately available for comment. Data show that while the outbreak is slowing across the 10 Canadian provinces, new cases show little sign of abating in Toronto and Montreal, the country’s two largest cities. A majority of provinces have privately told Ottawa they are reluctant to resume non-essential travel, said a second source.

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