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US-Canada border expected to close Friday night

US-Canada border expected to close Friday night Photo: WDIO-TV file

Associated Press
Updated: March 19, 2020 11:26 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canada-U.S. border likely will be closed to all non-essential travel in both directions on Friday night. He says it will take "weeks to months" for social-distancing measures in his country to be lifted.
    
Both the U.S. and Canada have been in talks in recent days to negotiate a mutual halt to tourism and family visits but leaving the flow of trade intact. Canada relies on the U.S. for 75% of its exports and about 18% of American exports go to Canada. Much of Canada’s food supply comes from or via the U.S. 
    
Trudeau says his government is following the advice of health experts and won’t lift restrictions on public activities and movements in Canada until it is safe to do so. Trudeau made his comments in front of his residence where he is self-isolating after his wife tested positive for the virus. Canada has about confirmed 770 cases and nine deaths.

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Presidnet Donald Trump said Wednesday the decision will not affect the flow of trade between the countries. Trump writes that "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic."

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2020

Both countries are eager to choke off the spread of the virus but also maintain their vital economic relationship. Canada relies on the U.S. for 75% of its exports. About 18% of American exports go to Canada.

Trudeau had already closed his country's borders to anyone not a citizen or a permanent resident or American.

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