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Coronavirus: Extension of non-essential travel ban between Minnesota and Canada

It's possible that the ban could be extended deeper into the summer.

Minnesotans hoping to travel north to Canada for a summer fishing trip might not get that chance in 2020 because the border remains closed to all non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 threat.

Canada and the United States have extended the agreement to keep the border closed to all non-essential travel for another month, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday saying that it could be months before non-essential travel is approved. 

The one-month extension keeps the border closed through June 21. As June 21 approaches, the situation will be monitored with further extension possible. 

Essential travel is still allowed, including border crossings for work, trucking for trade and commerce, other commercial operations, and acquiring essential medical needs, among other reasons. 

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Minnesota has a 547-mile border with Canada, with eight border crossings by road, as well as a number of rail crossing points. These include busy border exchanges at International Falls/Fort Frances and Grand Portage/Pigeon River.

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