The United States, Canada, and Mexico have extended CCP virus-related travel restrictions for another month, it was announced Monday.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in confirming the development, said an additional 30 days will be added to the restrictions, meaning that it will end around May 20. Officials did not provide an exact end date.
“In close collaboration, the US, Mexico, and Canada have each agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for 30 additional days,” Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement. “As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread and allowing the phased opening of the country.”
In close collaboration, the US, Mexico, and Canada have each agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for 30 additional days.
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) April 20, 2020
The United States and Canada announced on March 18 that nonessential traffic across the border will be blocked. The United States made a similar announcement about travel to Mexico two days later on March 20.
At the time, officials said the restrictions would expire after 30 days before they would be subject to a review on whether an extension was necessary.
President Donald Trump said that southern border travel restrictions were designed to reduce the incentive for a mass global migration that would badly deplete” health care resources in the country during the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus pandemic.
On Monday, Mexico’s foreign relations secretariat confirmed on Twitter the agreement to extend the restrictions, saying it came “after reviewing the development of COVID-19 propagation in Mexico and [the United States].”
And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated on Saturday the United States and Canada agreed to keep the border closed for another month, saying it would be likely much longer before the restriction is done away with.
“The agreement is the same terms. It’s just extended for another 30 days. It will ensure we continue to get essential goods and services back and forth across the border,” Trudeau told reporters. The prime minister added in French the restrictions will remain in place for “many, many weeks to come,” according to a translation from The Associated Press.
The United States has more than 700,000 confirmed cases, while Canada has 36,000 confirmed cases and Mexico has more than 8,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
From The Epoch Times