U.S.-Canada border closure extended to June 21

Western New York

(WIVB) — The current closure at the U.S.-Canada border will remain in place for all non-essential travel until June 21.

Public Safety Canada made the announcement this morning on its official Twitter.

According to officials, the restrictions also apply to travel to Canada from countries other than the U.S. Certain exemptions do apply, Public Safety Canada says.

Congressman Brian Higgins released a statement following the announcement saying he’s disappointed in the decision to keep the border closed for another month.

“It is truly unacceptable at this point to have another 30-day extension with no further exceptions for those vaccinated, no goals or targets outlined to expand crossings, no reciprocal allowances for family reunification, and no plan,” Higgins said. “We have made great strides in fighting the pandemic, and we need to make progress on reopening the border. That is essential to both families that have been separated for way too long and to our binational economies.”

Congressman Chris Jacobs also responded to the extension today saying:

“This indefinite closure of the US – Canada border is unacceptable. To continue to do this for over a year without a plan for heartbroken families and anxious homeowners represents a failure of leadership. Vaccines are rolling out; the United States especially has done the work to tame the pandemic and reopen our nation. There is no excuse to willfully continue this uncertainty that has plagued citizens living on both sides of the border. We know how to reopen safely and have proven we are able to do so – the President, the Prime Minister, and respective federal officials need to develop and implement a metric-based, binational plan to reopen the US – Canada Border as soon as possible.

The border first closed to non-essential travel last March at the beginning of the pandemic.

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