For the last two decades, Canada has always focused on attempting to keep trade between itself and the United States as open and free as possible. However, with recent events unfolding as they did, and the threat of the coronavirus pandemic getting even worse than it already is, both countries came to a sudden and unanimous agreement to ban all travel that is considered non-essential between the two countries.
On the morning of Wednesday, March 18, both Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau participated in a phone call that lead to the conclusion of enforcing a ban so that no one could cross the border for recreational purposes or tourism purposes.
Obviously, it will be nearly impossible to impose a full ban as there are more than billions of dollars of goods that cross the border on a regular basis. A lot of these goods are essential such as groceries and medication. Essentials will probably still be allowed to cross over and individuals traveling due to dire circumstances would be allowed, but for the most part, everyone is being told to cancel their plans and wait out this molecular storm at home.
The details will be finalized soon and there is no guarantee of how well the rules will be implemented or even how effective this will be in helping fight the rapidly spreading virus. There could possibly be legal consequences for individuals who fail to follow the new regulations. This decision to close the border was not an easy one for either country.
Canada initially closed its borders to Asia and Europe when the virus started spreading. They were questioned and criticized for refusing to close their border with the US. The border between Canada and the US is the most economically active and the longest undefended border in the world. There is a lot of history involved in the protection of this border and it is one of the main reasons the friendship between the two countries has always remained so strong.
The coronavirus may have reached its peak in the United States
Doctors have every reason to be concerned as the virus has infected over 9,100 people in the US. Doctors claim the virus could possibly end up taking the lives of millions of Americans if proper precautions are not taken. The world continues to close its borders, and everyone is being advised to stay at home and, most importantly, avoid meeting each other unless it is necessary to do so.
Of course, at the end of the day, controlling a virus is not something anyone can promise, but social distancing does greatly reduce the ability of the virus to spread. Individuals should stay at home and if their loved ones develop symptoms, such as a dry cough or a fever, they should have them checked up immediately and encourage them to keep their distance from their other family members as well. The world is panicking because they are unsure of how long this will go on and what the actual economic and social consequences will be.