Canada-U.S. border closed to all non-essential travel

5,500-mile border closed to nonessential traffic Wednesday.

President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to close their borders because of the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Washington Post.

“In both our countries we’re encouraging people to stay home,” Trudeau said. “We’re telling citizens not to visit their neighbours unless they absolutely have to. Well, this collaborative and reciprocal measure is an extension of that prudent approach.”

For now, trade and trucking will not be affected, he added.

“Our governments recognize that it is critical that we preserve supply chains between both countries,” Trudeau said, to “ensure food, fuel and lifesaving medicines” are able to move between the United States and Canada.

In 2018, Canada’s salmon exports to the US were valued at USD 1.01B, representing 85 per cent of Canada’s total salmon export value, according to the DFO.