The US-Canada border is expected to remain closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21, two Canadian government sources tell CNN.
Nonessential travel between the US and its two closest neighbors — Canada and Mexico — is expected remain blocked until at least late August amid spikes in confirmed coronavirus cases in large swaths of the US.
The extended restrictions will include stepped-up enforcement and surveillance at most Canadian land borders in the coming weeks, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized the speak publicly on the matter.
By mutual agreement, the US-Canada border has been closed to all non-essential traffic since March. At least one public poll suggests Canadians aren't eager for a reopening as the pandemic escalates dramatically in the US, where new cases of the diseases have reached 60,000 a day nationwide.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to formally announce the decision later this week.
“We recognize that the situation continues to be complex in the United States in regards to Covid-19,” Trudeau said during a Monday press conference. “Every month we have been able to extend the border closures to all but essential goods and services, and those discussions are ongoing with the United States right now as we are a week from the next deadline for closures. We're going to continue to work hard to keep Canadians safe and to keep our economies flowing and we will have more to say later this week, I'm sure.” — Jennifer Hansler, Paula Newton and Betsy Klein, CNN/@CNN