Canada extends ban on international travellers

 Canada extends ban on international travellers

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 01: A passenger wheels his luggage near an Air Canada logo at Toronto Pearson International Airport on April 1, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. Air Canada announced it would temporarily lay off over 15,000 employees and reduce activity by up to 90 percent due to the coronavirus. Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

A Royal Canadian mounted police officer stands guard outside the Senate of Canada prior to the speech from the throne September 23, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. — AFP photo

Canada on Wednesday extended a ban on non-essential international entries until the end of October as the country was gripped by a surge in coronavirus cases.

The extension came amid a second wave of infections caused in part by the return to school or work of millions of Canadians after summer breaks.

‘We are extending the existing restrictions on non-US international travel into Canada until October 31, 2020,’public safety minister Bill Blair said in a Twitter post.

The restriction, which had been in force since mid-March, made an exception for spouses, children, parents or guardians of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

The US had a separate relationship with Canada under which non-essential travellers weren’t allowed into Canada but essential workers could get across the border. That arrangement expires on October 21.

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