Nonessential travel between the US and its two closest neighbours – Canada and Mexico – is expected to remain blocked until at least 21 August.

CNN reports that the decisions to extend restrictions come as more than half of US states have paused reopening plans and confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States approach 3.5 million.

Officials told the news channel that the extended restrictions on travel between the US and Canada will include increased enforcement and surveillance at most land borders.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to formally announce the decision later this week.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry said that “after checking the rise of the COVID-19 spread, Mexico proposed to the US the extension of all non-essential traffic restriction at the common border for 30 more days.”

“Both countries will continue looking to coordinate the sanitary measures at the border region. The measures will be valid until August 21, 2020,” the ministry added.

Both borders have been closed to non-essential travel since March.

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