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Trump, Trudeau to close U.S.-Canada border to slow coronavirus

Trudeau agreed the decision was mutual. He vowed to “ensure the smooth flow of goods and essential materials and medication.” He described new spending to ease the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on Canadians.

Trudeau spoke outside Rideau Cottage, an official residence in Ottawa, where he has been working in self-isolation since his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for covid-19 last week.

Trudeau said the border restrictions “will last in place as long as we feel that they need to last. We will again closely coordinate on that as well.”

The border crossing from Lacolle, Quebec, to Champlain, New York.
The border crossing from Lacolle, Quebec, to Champlain, New York.

Trudeau announced the closure of Canada’s borders to most travelers on Monday, but exempted U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Nearly 200,000 people cross the border each day, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday.

Trudeau had indicated that a closure of the Canadian border with the U.S. could be an option.

Trudeau told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. last week that Canadian officials were “in the midst of coordinating with the Americans, obviously, on our borders, on our actions. We’ll continue to evaluate what we can do and how we can keep Canadians in security and we won’t close the door on any idea.”

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