Hours reduced at several U.S.-Canada border crossings in Manitoba amid coronavirus pandemic

The Canada Border Services Agency is reducing hours at 27 land border crossings into the U.S., including several in Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan

Hours are being cut at some Canadian land border crossings, including several in Manitoba, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the temporary reduction of hours at 27 “low-traffic ports of entry” along the Canada-United States border Wednesday.

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All non-essential travel into Canada continues to be prohibited amid the COVID-19 pandemic, although economic supply chains and trade remain open between the two countries.

The Manitoba borders affected include:

  • Coulter, Man.
  • Goodlands, Man.
  • Gretna, Man.
  • Lena, Man.
  • Windygates, Man.
  • Winkler, Man.

The changes go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect until the federal government’s ban on entry into Canada from the U.S. is lifted, the CBSA said in a release.

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A full list of affected border crossings and the new hours can be found at the CBSA website.

The border closed to most travellers last month to help fight the spread of COVID-19. It’s the first such closure since Confederation in 1867.

—With files from the Canadian Press

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