The land border between Canada and the United States will remain closed until at least July 21.
The decision to extend border restrictions was announced earlier in the day, with Canada's Minister for Public Safety Bill Blair saying that it was meant to "keep Canadians safe".
Blair also noted that the government will provide further details about its phased approach to easing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals on Monday.
In March 2020, all non-essential travel was closed between the Canada-US border.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise of a two-dose fall is looking a lot more like it will become a two-dose August. About 65 per cent of Canadians have received their first dose, according to data compiled by CTV News, while the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker shows 53 per cent of US residents have had a single shot.
"We're still seeing cases across the country and we want to get them down", Trudeau said, according to The Associated Press.
The accelerated vaccine rollout in Canada is adding on the pressure to at least partially reopen the USA border after a fifteen-month shutdown.
"Every dose keeps someone safe, every dose is a step closer to the end of this pandemic for Canadians", he said.Читайте также: CPJ condemns arrest of Hong Kong journalists
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The United States is Canada's largest trading partner.
Trudeau said he spoke with Canadian premiers on Thursday night and said the focus is on doing it the right way and not spurring on a fourth COVID-19 wave.
He said he understood growing impatience from tourism operators and Canadians who want to travel, but the government didn't want to risk another flare-up of COVID-19.
"There's going to be co-ordination and collaboration work that's necessary across the world to make sure that people who are vaccinated and protected, and are protecting their community against COVID-19, can still travel".
On Friday, Legault insisted what's most important is that people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca get a booster shot - no matter which vaccine they choose. He noted how France now allows Canadians and Americans to visit, which makes it easier to travel overseas than within this country and to our closest neighbour.
Canadians and permanent residents will soon be able to upload a copy of their vaccine certificates to the ArriveCAN app, which will allow them to bypass mandatory hotel quarantine when they return.
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