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Canada-U.S. border closure extended through Dec. 21

Last Updated Nov 20, 2020 at 9:06 am EDT

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Parents of students in the United States who hoped to begin their university studies in Canada are frantically trying to convince the federal government to relax new rules that make it impossible for their kids to enter the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

The Canada-U.S. border closure will remain in place for another 30 days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed on Friday.

The closure to non-essential travel will be extended until at least Dec. 21.

Visits such as vacations, day trips and cross-border shopping excursions have been forbidden since March in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The mutual restrictions have been jointly extended on a monthly basis by the two countries ever since they were first imposed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the ban won’t be eased until there is clear evidence the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing in the United States, which is it is clearly not.

The U.S. is setting daily records for new cases and hospitalization rates, and the death toll is tracking toward 250,000.

The travel ban does not apply to those who must cross to ensure the continued flow of goods and essential services, including truckers and hospital staff.

Canada has also added certain exemptions to reunite extended family members.