The United States government has announced that the land borders with Canada and Mexico will be closed for non-essential travel until at least March 21.
According to Reuters.comThe 30-day extension is primarily under President Joe Biden, who has been working with his administration to toughen requirements for crossing U.S. land borders into North America.
Canadian Defense Secretary Bill Blair also confirmed the extension of the restrictions.
In January, United States authorities began requiring that all international passengers landing in the United States provide negative COVID-19 test results within three days of arrival.
President Biden has been working with Canadian and Mexican government officials on “public health protocols for access to land ports.” The Biden administration is conducting a similar study on sea travel and ports.
“The plan is to implement the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which are subject to applicable law, and take into account operational considerations related to the different people who enter the United States by land” he told Reuters.
Last week, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaii Airlines, JetBlue Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines revealed that they would provide additional safety to the public by collecting contact tracking data and sharing it with the CDC.