OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this morning that Canada and the U.S. have agreed to temporarily close its shared borders to all non-essential travel.

According to Trudeau, the decision was made mutually, and is a “collaborative” and “reciprocal” measure to limit the spread of COVID-19, adding “essential travel will continue,” in order to preserve critical supply chains between countries.

“Canadians and Americans cross the border every day to do essential work or for other urgent reasons — that will not be impacted,” Trudeau said.

Trucking which allows food, fuel and life-saving medicines to move between Canada and the U.S. will not be affected and those who need to travel for essential work or for other “urgent reasons” will not be impacted by the closure, Trudeau said.


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