The U.S. will temporarily close its northern border with Canada to “non-essential traffic” due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter today (March 18th).
In his tweet, Trunp stated the agreement was by “mutual consent” and that “trade will not be affected.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also released a statement saying travelers will no longer be able to cross the border for recreation or tourism. “Essential travel,” however, will still be able to happen.
“It is critical that we preserve supply chains between both countries,” Trudeau said. “These supply chains ensure that food, fuel and life saving medicines reach people on both sides of the border.”