Canada is not yet prepared to confront the challenges inherent in reopening the shared border with the United States, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday, stopping short of confirming that a ban on non-essential travel will be extended to June 21.
News of the request was first reported by the Globe and Mail.
In New York, home to fully one-quarter of the U.S. COVID-19 cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo still has his foot firmly on the brake.
Reopenings there will be slow, with stringent monitoring of variables like hospital admissions and diagnostic and antibody testing to ensure the virus isn't flaring back up.
Canada wants to extend U.S. travel ban; PM not yet ready to consider future plan She cited the example of Vancouver International Airport, once one of Canada's largest transborder travel hubs, which is now coming to terms with the fact that its annual passenger load was just cut in half, and likely won't recover even after travel restrictions are lifted.
Ohio, which shares Lake Erie with Ontario, reopened retail stores Tuesday and has allowed certain industries to resume operations.
"People are starting to turn from stabilizing the situation to thinking about recovery, easing restrictions and opening the border," Friedman said. »