The Canada-US border will possible be closed to non-essential journey in a single day from Friday to Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated Thursday.
The deliberate shutdown of the 8,891 kilometer (5,525 mile) worldwide boundary — the longest on the planet between two nations — was collectively introduced by Trudeau and Donald Trump the day prior to this.
The transfer builds on the US president’s barring of tourists from most of Europe, China and different elements of the world because the variety of coronavirus circumstances within the US surged previous 9,400, with 150 deaths.
In Canada, the variety of circumstances has reached at the least 690, with 9 deaths, Health Canada reported late Wednesday.
“We are continuing to work on the fine-tuning of the agreement between Canada (and) the United States, I think it’s almost there,” Trudeau advised a information convention from his house the place he and his household are self-isolating after his spouse Sophie was recognized with the COVID-19 virus.
“My understanding is that the measure will probably come into place in the night between Friday and Saturday, so in about a day and a half.”
Trudeau took the chance to once more urge Canadians to “come home.” An estimated three million Canadians dwell or work overseas.
“All those having trouble coming back, I can tell you we are working hard to resolve that situation,” he stated, noting that he has spoken with the chief executives of Air Canada and Westjet to ask them to assist facilitate the repatriation of Canadians.
The two airways stated not too long ago that they might droop most or all worldwide business flights, respectively.