The US Extended The Closure Of Borders With Canada And Mexico Until May 20
The United States authorities extended their decision to close the borders with Canada and Mexico until May 20, inclusive, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This is reported in a notification released on Monday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
As noted in the notice posted in the Federal register-a collection of official documents of the American government, the decision expired on April 20. "This order <...> remains in effect until 23:59 ET on May 20, 2020," the notice says.
"Unfortunately, COVID-19 (a disease caused by a coronavirus-approx. TASS) continued to be distributed after the [previous] order was signed on March 20. In Canada and Mexico, there continues to be a high number of infections and [resulting] deaths," the CDC emphasizes.
The new document clarifies that the decisions set out in it apply to almost all people trying to enter the United States from Canada and Mexico, regardless of which countries they are citizens of. Exceptions are made for "American citizens and holders of a permanent residence permit in the United States, their spouses and children, American military personnel" and a number of other categories of persons, the CDC explains.