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Canada and U.S. Officials Discuss Border Reopening As Current Agreement Expires May 21

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that U.S and Canadian officials are in talks regarding the reopening of the land border to non-essential travel. 

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The two countries negotiated a mutual ban on non-essential travel in both directions in mid-March, an agreement that explicitly exempted the flow of trade and commerce, as well as vital health care workers like nurses who live and work on opposite sides of the border.

Those returing home were also exempt from the border closure. 

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On April 16th, President Trump announced that the border could soon be released but that never occurred as the border closure was mutally extended for another 30 days. 

The 30 day extension is set to expire on May 21st which could mean the border reopening shortly after if officials come to an agreement. 

When Trudeau was asked about the border opening during his Tuesday address to Canadians, he stated that the Canadian government is currently in talks with the U.S regarding the reopening of the border to non-essential travel. 

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If the border was to reopen, anyone entering Canada from the U.S. would still have to follow Covid-19 preventative measures set out by the Canadian government.

That would require all American travelers to quarantine in a hotel room for 14 days before their vacation could even begin. 

Public Health Officer Theresa Tam

Dr. Theresa Tam said on Tuesday during a Covid-19 press conference that preventative measures should stay in place to safeguard Canadians in the future. 

“Any international travelers will face a mandatory 14 day quarantine period. They must also provide a quarantine plan that is suitable. We will also follow up using officers that they follow the quarantine.” explained Dr. Tam

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The United States has confirmed 1.35 million cases of Covid-19 resulting in 80,900 deaths according to John Hopkins University

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