Canadian border not reopening anytime soon

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In this image provided by the White House, from left, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair, U.K. Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Joe Grogan, Attorney General William Barr, White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump, Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, unidentified, and Tracey Martin, New Zealand Internal Affairs and Children’s Minister, participate in a meeting with victims of child sexual exploitation Thursday, March 5, 2020, in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (Andrea Hanks/The White House via AP)

OTTAWA, Canada (WLNS) – The border with Canada is not reopening anytime soon.

Canadian public safety administrator Bill Blair says restrictions on non-essential travel are being extended at least through July 21.

Nonessential travel across the border has been closed since March of last year.

Blair adds that this decision was made in coordination with the United States government and that protecting the health of Canadians is his highest priority.

Canada is the number one economic partner of both the United States and Michigan specifically.

Only 20% of Canadians are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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