Breaking: US-Canada border to close for non-essential travel at midnight

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flies near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state.

The U.S.-Canada border will close for non-essential travel at midnight, March 20, to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.

Trudeau stressed that the partial closure does not apply to cross-border trade.

 “Trade and commerce will continue,” Trudeau said from outside his Ottawa home where he remains in self-isolation while his wife recovers from COVID-19. 

The U.S. and Canada announced the closure on Wednesday, March 18. Officials on both sides of the border stated that the measures will not impact trucking.

The countries do an estimated $1.8 billion or C$2.7 billion in trade of goods and services daily. About 5.4 million trucks crossed the border in 2019, moving the bulk of the goods traveling between the two countries.