#BREAKING: Canada, U.S. working on mutual deal to restrict non-essential travel due to COVID-19, according to CNN bit.ly/3d7uhaN.
A federal government official in Ottawa says Canada and the United States are working out the details of a mutual ban on non-essential travel between the two countries to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The restrictions would be designed to ensure that cross-border trade and commerce can continue.
To that end, the Canadian official says the two sides are discussing which essential workers might be exempted a group that could include truck drivers hauling critical cargo, airline crew members and health-care workers whose homes and jobs are on opposite sides of the border.
Canadians vacationing in the U.S., such as snowbirds, would also be able to get home.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he would close the country’s borders to anyone not a citizen, an American or a permanent resident — and even they have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival — due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trudeau said the exemption for Americans, despite the rapid rise of cases in the U.S., was due to “the level of integration of our two economies.” — AP