Travel ban to Canada extended until August 21 for fully vaccinated Americans
The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday extended its travel restrictions between the United States and Canada until 'to August 21 - following announcement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the would reopen to fully vaccinated Americans on "August 9 .
" In view of the epidemic and the continued transmission and spread of COVID-19 to United States and internationally, the Secretary has determined that the risk of continued transmission and spread of the virus associated with COVID-19 between the United States and Canada constitutes a "specific continuing threat to human life or national interests. ", According to the notification published " in the Federal Register .
The dryDHS secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, said in the announcement that the extended restrictions are "temporary " and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. August 21.
The canadian -american will remain closed until August 21, 2021. Xinhua News Agency / Images
The has been closed to all non-essential travel since the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.
US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas , said the extended restrictions are "temporary. AFP via Images
Trudeau 's announcement - three days only after go - that the would reopen was hailed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who on Monday called it "an important step in the recovery of our state and our nation.
The Canada foresawit is to reopen its s to the rest. of the world on September 7.
Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), whose western New York district includes Buffalo and Niagara Falls, issued a statement lamenting the DHS decision. Higgins has spoken out in his efforts to reopen the .
Rep. Brian Higgins called the Biden administration's decision to extend the travel ban "totally unnecessary. Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Images
"For months now, people and businesses along the have chained each other. months, hoping the will reopen. Today's Biden Administration Decision Hurts Economic Recovery and Families Across the Northern US Border; this is completely unnecessary, "Higgins said in a press release Wednesday.
" While the United States does nothing, their loved ones remain separated and communities whose economies depend on cross- trade continue to suffer economically, ”Higgins said.
"The continuation of this closure is illogical given the success of vaccines and counterproductive, putting the United States at a disadvantage given Canada's decision to re-welcome Americans vaccinated as of August 9 ”. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the United States "do not reciprocate " Canada's efforts to reopen the .
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on the United States to" create a uniform system "to allow fully vaccinated Americans to access the . Alex Wong / Images
" As Canada prepares to further open the next month, the United States will not redo not reciprocate, jeopardizing an already tenuous recovery for thousands of businesses, families and communities in upstate New York ”, it " said in a statement Wednesday.
"It is essential for the United States level the playing field and create a uniform system, based on science and data, to safely - and finally - reopen the for those vaccinated… ”