Online first – All non-essential travel restricted between Canada and the US in effort to mitigate spread of COVID 19

Screenshot/Marples PM Justin Trudeau today announced the closure of the Canada/US border to all non-essential travel.

New Brunswick – It was announced Wednesday, March 18 all non-essential travel between Canada and the US has been temporarily suspended in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the COVID 19 virus.

In a statement made at lunchtime from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the measure, assuring Canadians supply chains will not be disrupted. See statement on border closing by Trudeau:

“Good morning everyone.  Before we get into things, I have some news to share regarding the Canada/US border. Over the past few days I’ve spoken to President Trump about what we can do to slow the spread of COVID 19.  Deputy Prime Minister (Chrystia) Freeland has been in touch with Vice President (Mike) Pence, and Secretary (Mike) Pompeo.  I just spoke to President Trump again this morning and we have agreed that both Canada and the United States will temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the Canada/US border.

Travellers will no longer be permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism. In both our countries, we’re encouraging people to stay home.  We’re telling our citizens to not visit their neighbours if they don’t absolutely have to. Well this collaborative and reciprocal measure is an extension of that prudent approach.

I want to be clear though that essential travel will continue. Our governments recognize that it is critical that we preserve supply chains between both countries.  These supply chains ensure that food, fuel, and life-saving medicines reach people on both sides of the border.

Supply chains including trucking will not be affected by this new measure.  Canadians and Americans who cross the border every day to do essential work or for other urgent reasons that will not be impacted.”

In a statement made later this afternoon from Fredericton, NB Premier Blaine Higgs stated he was “relieved” Canada and the US had collaborated on the border closing, and restricted travel.

Higgs also assured Campobello residents steps are being taken to minimize the border closure impact on island residents.

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