On Monday, the border closure, which was scheduled to expire between the U.S. and Canada, was formally extended until Nov. 21. But Canadian Prime Minister Junstin Trudeau has signaled the border will remain closed until the U.S. gets the virus outbreak under control.
“The U.S. is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” he told the hosts of “Smart Start,” which airs on Canada’s Global Television Network. “We will continue to make sure that Canadian safety is top of mind when we move forward. We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place.”
Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, confirmed the news.
“To continue to limit the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Nov 21,” he tweeted. “We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to identify safe criteria to ease the restrictions in the future & support our border communities.”
As Ski Racing reported back in September, an ease of travel restrictions between the two nations will be a critical component in facilitating a successful NorAm Cup, which is now in question. However, organizers continue to hold out hope that conditions will improve. According to sources, NorAm planning remains effectively on hold, and a final determination could come as late as the end of December.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Alpine Canada have both declined Ski Racing’s request for comment on NorAm scheduling.
The border has been closed to all but essential travel since March 23.