September 20 (WNN) — The United States will keep its land borders with Canada and Mexico closed for at least a month primarily because of COVID-19 restrictions, a senior Biden administration official announced Monday,
The Buffalo News and The Detroit News reported that White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Gents told reporters in a conference call that land borders, first closed in March 2020, would remain closed to all essential travel until October 21 .
Renewed monthly under regulations enforced by the Department of Homeland Security and its counterparts in Canada and Mexico, and for non-US residents in countries that need to cross into the United States via land for non-essential travel. is stopped from.
Canada, however, has allowed fully vaccinated US residents to enter its territory from August 9, as long as a negative COVID-19 test can be provided within 72 hours of entry.
The move to close the land border came on the same day the White House announced that air travel restrictions would be eased for all vaccinated foreign nationals in early November.
“The Administration is announcing a move to a safer and more cohesive global approach to international inbound air travel, and our focus, as we talked about, will be an implementation by early November,” Ziants told reporters. . “We don’t have any updates about land boundary policies at this point.”
He did not provide further details about the decision.
The move to maintain the ban was not popular with local officials representing the northern states and congressional districts bordering Canada, many of which depend on revenue generated by tourism.
Representative Brian Higgins, D.Y., chairman of the House Northern Boundary Caucus, called the move “totally unnecessary and unexplained.”
“It is welcome news that the White House is making mutual progress on international public health measures to protect air travelers,” he said. said in a statement. “Yet it is inconceivable that no announcement is being made today to ease travel restrictions at land ports of entry because the livelihoods of communities across the northern border depend on cross-border commerce.”