Daily US Times: Canada closed border with the US – the longest undefended border in the world – for another 30 days until August 21, in a situation when cases are surging in the US.
The two governments review the agreement every 30 days. The latest reports suggest the closure will be extended a fourth time.
Prioritizing Canadians’ safety
On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “We recognize that the situation continues to be complex in the United States with regard to Covid-19. We are going to continue to keep Canadians safe and to keep our economy flowing.”
Canada’s largest province Ontario is on board with the closure.
“I see these numbers from Florida and they’re staggering, 15,000 people that contacted COVID in a day,” Ontariao’s premier Doug Ford told reporters earlier this week.
Mr Ford said that scary, but we’re being pretty vigilant and they are not rushing into anything.
Canadians are “apprehensive” about Americans visiting the north of the border overall, says Tourism Industry Association of Alberta (TIAT), a group representing hundreds of tourism operators in the Rocky Mountains and elsewhere across the western province.
TIAT’s Darren Reeder explained the situation People are nervous. It doesn’t mean we don’t want Americans or we don’t want to resume with travelers.”
“But I think everyone is understandably cautious because in their own home community they feel they’ve done the right things … and there is this trepidation, if you will, of others coming in too quickly,” he said.
In Atlantic Canada, the four provincial governments have just loosened travel restrictions to allow people from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to move freely throughout the “Atlantic Bubble” without having to self-isolate for 14 days.
As Canada closed border, there is also no sense of urgency to start welcoming visitors from south side of the border.
Tom Earl, owner of the Tilting Harbour Bed and Breakfast on Fogo Island off the northeast coast of Newfoundland said: “I feel badly for those people because it’s a real tough situation down there.”
He said Americans are a big part of the business in the region, but people are not too thrilled about having them travel right now.
”Everyone here is pretty OK with not having them come until they get their story together down there,” he said.
Several US states, especially the southern states have been experiencing huge surge in coronavirus cases.
Meanwhile, The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that the number of new cases of coronavirus rose by almost 260,000 in 24 hours – the largest single-day rise in global coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.