Why is it important: This is the fifth extension of border measures first introduced in March as both countries grappled with the increase in Covid-19 cases. While Canada has flattened its epidemiological curve, the United States has seen grapefruit prices soar during the summer when disease outbreaks in certain regions.
Canadians largely support the restrictions, fearing the consequences of American tourists being allowed to drive to popular tourist destinations. The provincial prime ministers urged the Trudeau government to continue the measures.
Ottawa recently examined a loophole that would allow Americans to drive to Alaska through Canada; now, travelers can only enter through five inland ports and must display a suspension card showing they have been approved to transit through Canada. They must leave before a specific date and check in with the border agents when they do so.