Canada to Allow Close Family Members to Cross the Border that Will Remain Closed Until July 21

 The Canadian government will implement a “limited exemption” at the Canada-U.S. border that will allow immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to enter the country.

“Immediate family members” will be defined as spouses, common-law partners, dependent children and their children, parents and legal guardians.

Those who do choose to cross the border must also abide by the 14-day quarantine rule and immediate family members must plan to stay in Canada for at least 15 days.

The same public health guidelines also apply, including screenings at the border. Those who don’t abide by the rules can face a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

The closed boarder agreement with the U.S. began March 20 and was set to expire June 21 but has been extended to July 21. The border will remain open for essential travel, which includes the transportation of goods and travel for work, in order not to hamper trade and the supply chains between the two countries.

There have been no reports on another extension and date is currently still set for June 21 of boarder reopening The press secretary for Chrystia Freeland, who as deputy prime minister is in charge of all things between Canada and the United States did confirm that the two countries were discussing the issue.

A Canadian tourism industry related group has started a campaignto “re-open borders to safe countries” and to examine “the efficacy of restrictions on non-essential travel from the United States.”

Only 14 percent of Canadians want to see the border reopened by the end of July, while 51 percent said it should not be reopened until the end of the year, according to a survey released this week by Association for Canadian Studies’ Covid-19 Social Impacts Network, an academic research organization.