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Canada closing borders to noncitizens because of coronavirus, U.S. citizens exempt

Christian Fernsby |
Canada is closing its borders to noncitizens because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We can still slow the spread of this virus,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on a press conference in Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, where he announced the border closing.

“It is time to take every precaution to keep people safe.”

Canada will make some exceptions to the border closure. And the ban does not affect the shipment of goods into the country.

“We will be denying entry to Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents,” Trudeau said.

“This measure will carve out some designated exceptions, including for air crews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and, at this time, U.S. citizens.”

Trudeau said the exemption for U.S. citizens was warranted because of “the level of integration of our two economies.”

“I know that these measures are far reaching. They are exceptional circumstances, calling for exceptional measures,” he said.

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