WASHINGTON — A federal government official in Ottawa says Canada and the United States are working out the details of a mutual ban on non-essential travel between the two countries to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The official, responding to a report by CNN citing American government figures, spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose details of talks that are still ongoing.
The network reported late Tuesday that the two countries are working on a joint statement that would be issued in within a day or two.
The restrictions would be designed to ensure that cross-border trade and commerce can continue.
To that end, the Canadian official says the two sides are discussing which essential workers might be exempted — a group that could include truck drivers hauling critical cargo, airline crew members and health-care workers whose homes and jobs are on opposite sides of the border.
Canadians vacationing in the U.S., such as snowbirds, would also be able to get home.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 17, 2020.
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