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Canada, U.S. agree to extend non-essential travel ban to Sept. 21

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Ipsos Public Affairs CEO Darrell Bricker explains the results of an exclusive poll conducted for Global News, which he says shows there is a sense across Canada that the country needs to be “very, very cautious,” especially as they watch COVID-19 cases spike south of the border.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border will be extended another 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It means the two countries will continue their mutual ban on non-essential cross-border travel until at least Sept. 21.

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In a tweet, Blair says officials will keep doing what’s necessary to keep communities safe.

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A formal announcement of the extension was expected to come later.

Read more: Majority of Canadians polled want U.S. border closed until end of 2020: Ipsos

The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to so-called “discretionary” travel like vacations and shopping trips since the pandemic took hold of the continent in mid-March.

The United States has been grappling with fresh COVID-19 outbreaks across the country in recent weeks.