U.S. & Canada Agree to Close Border to Non-Essential Travel

On Wednesday, President Trump announced via Twitter that the U.S. and Canada had agreed, “by mutual consent,” to shut down their border to “non-essential traffic” in order to stem the spread of coronavirus. The AP reports that “truck drivers and Canadian snowbirds, who live in the U.S. for part of the year and are returning to Canada, are among those expected to get an exemption.” A partial border shutdown announced Monday included an exemption for all Americans, as the country’s economies are inextricably linked. To wit, much of Canada’s food supply comes from the U.S., and 98 percent of its oil exports go to the U.S.