'Cancel your vacation plans': Canada tightening border rules amid COVID-19 pandemic
February 16, 2021
DULUTH – Canada is further restricting nonessential travel across its border starting Monday in a blow to Minnesota businesses that have been eager to welcome back customers from the north.
The country has kept its border closed to nonessential foreign visitors for nearly 11 months and likely will for the foreseeable future. New measures to require COVID-19 tests when entering the country are meant to discourage travel by Canadians to the U.S. and elsewhere.
"I would like to request all people who would consider nonessential travel: Now is not the time. Cancel your vacation plans," Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair urged Canadians during a news conference on Friday. "Our shared priority must be to keep each other safe."