The United States, Canada and Mexico agreed to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential traffic until at least the end of August due to the VOC-19 pandemic.
The United States, Canada and Mexico agreed to keep their shared borders closed to nonessential traffic until at least the end of August due to the VOC-19 pandemic.
In making the announcement, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday that restrictions on cross-border transit that have been in place since March have helped slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Officials had said in recent days that another 30-day extension was likely before the previous 30-day extension expired.
The partial closure allows the crossing of commercial traffic, people returning to their country of origin and other travel deemed essential. But it prohibits people from traveling between countries for tourism or shopping, which is economically important for border communities.
The extension agreed by the three countries would keep the borders closed until Aug. 21.
It comes as COVID-19 continues to rebound in many parts of the United States and Mexico.