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Canada-U.S. border closure extended to September 21, 2020

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair tweeted Friday, August 14, 2020, “We are extending the reciprocal restrictions at the Canada-US border for another 30 days, till Sept. 21, 2020. We will continue to do what’s necessary to keep our communities safe”. The mutual agreement, which was introduced in March to help stop the spread of COVID-19, was set to expire on August 21, 2020.

Supply chains, including trucking, are not impacted by this measure and the movement of commercial goods across the border is unaffected. “Non-essential” travel pertains to travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

On March 26, 2020, the Government of Canada put in place mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all persons entering Canada, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. This 14-day self-isolation does not pertain to trans-border truck drivers, and the full exceptions are:

Consequently, an exception to the order to self-isolate for 14 days is being provided to workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people. For example, this exemption would apply to:

  • healthy workers in the trade and transportation sector who are important for the movement of goods and people across the border, such as truck drivers and crew on any plane, train or marine vessel crossing the border; or
  • healthy people who have to cross the border to go to work, including health care providers and critical infrastructure workers.

For more information, please call Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1213.

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