November 20th-

The Canada-U.S. border is set to remain closed well until at least mid-December.

Multiple reports in Canadian news outlets, including The Toronto Star, the CBC and the Globe and Mail, said the governments of both countries have agreed to another 30-day rollover of the current travel restrictions, which were due to expire in the next couple days.

The renewal takes the border closure to Dec. 21; a full nine months or three-quarters of a year.

It’s fully understandable given the rising COVID-19 cases on both sides of the border, but the continued closure of the border to most travellers is taking a major toll on tourism, including airlines and hotels.

Opinion polls consistently show the Canadian public is firmly behind the continued closure, which still allows air traffic between the two countries but forbids driving trips across the border except for essential services.