In an effort to further slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus, Canada and the US are temporarily closing their joint border to all “non-essential” traffic.
President Donald Trump confirmed the news on Wednesday morning, saying both countries mutually consented to close the border.
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Trade and commerce between Canada and the US will still continue.
We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2020
This news follows the federal government’s announcement on Monday to close its borders to most foreign travellers in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the country will close its borders to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Trudeau said the restrictions would come into effect on Wednesday but that certain exceptions would be made for diplomats, aircrews, immediate family members, and US citizens.
“These measures will help save lives,” said Trudeau.
More to come as this story develops.