The border between Canada and the U.S. will close for non-essential travel.
President Donald Trump confirmed the news on Wednesday by tweeting “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!”
This past Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was closing the country’s border to noncitizens, but American citizens had been exempt from the restriction. Trudeau’s wife, Sophie, has coronavirus.
Rumors had been circling for days that the spread of COVID-19 closed the U.S. border however Kris Grogan, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said those rumors were false in a press release Friday.
Processing thousands of people per day puts border agents at increased risk for contracting COVID-19 and passing it along to others.