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Trump announces US-Canada border closed to non-essential traffic

President Donald J. Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at Winfield House in London. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
March 18, 2020

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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Canada have agreed to close borders to non-essential traffic, as coronavirus cases continue to emerge in both countries.

“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic,” Trump tweeted. “Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!”

The latest decision follows a Monday announcement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in which he indicated Canada would close its borders to all non-citizens. At the time of his Monday announcement, Trudeau  indicated some exceptions to the travel restrictions would exist for “for aircrews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens, and at this time, United States citizens.”

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Trump also recently implemented a 30 day travel ban from countries in Europe, as a measure to slow the potential spread of coronavirus. In his proclamation of the European travel ban, Trump indicated efforts would continue to facilitate cross-border commerce.

In both the Europe travel ban and now with the U.S.-Canadian border, trade appears to remain intact.