May 19, 2020 - World

U.S. and Canada to extend border restrictions through June

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference, April 20, Ottawa, Canada. Photo: Dave Chan/AFP via Getty Images

Nonessential traffic between the U.S. and Canada will be restricted for another 30 days, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The big picture: The temporary travel restrictions — which have been a mutual effort between the two countries, Trudeau stressed — will last a total of three months under his latest extension.

Details: The original restrictions, issued in March, apply to passenger rail and ferry travel and do not affect the transportation of goods by planes, ships or trucks.

  • Cross-border commutes by Canadian health care workers and others in essential jobs have not been impacted, the New York Times reports.
  • The latest measures will last through June 21.

Where it stands: The U.S. is reporting the most known cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus in the world, per Johns Hopkins data.

  • The U.S. is reporting over 1.5 million cases and over 91,000 deaths, while Canada is reporting over 80,000 cases and more than 6,000 deaths.

Go deeper: Trump says U.S. and Canada will close border to "non-essential travel"

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Protesters outside the Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 29. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

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The big picture: The officer involved in the killing of Floyd was charged with third-degree murder on Friday, after protests continued in Minneapolis for three days.

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Mark Zuckerberg at the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on February 15. Photo: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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The big picture: Zuckerberg's statement comes on the heels of leaked internal criticism from Facebook employees over how the company handled Trump's posts about the Minneapolis protests and his unsubstantiated claims on mail-in ballots — both of which Twitter has now taken action on.