Canada turns inward as pandemic surges within and beyond its borders
March 27, 2020
Like many of its like-minded allies in Europe, Canada is turning inward as the virus cases continue to multiply worldwide, and especially in the United States.
Asylum seekers are now being turned back to the U.S. from the “irregular” crossings between brick-and-mortar ports of entry that dot the 5,525-mile-long border. They’re not alone — travelers from both countries can no longer dash across the border for cheaper beer or to see friends who live a few miles away but in another country. And now, most people entering the country after Wednesday will be legally required to enter quarantine for two weeks — something the government had already been advising to returning travelers.
The prime minister has signaled he's open to tightening the border further if the U.S. becomes the new epicenter of Covid-19. President Donald Trump's eagerness to stop social distancing in just weeks to help jump-start the U.S. economy could force the issue.
"We feel the measures we have taken to restrict flow across the border to ... goods and essential travel is the important thing we are doing to keep Canadians safe,” Trudeau said Tuesday. “Of course, as the situation evolves, we will be ready to shift our posture."
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