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U.S. Homeland Security Extends Travel Restriction On Canadian Border

Canadians seeking to vacation or travel for business are still not allowed to cross the border into the US.

Earlier Friday the Department of Homeland Security extended it’s restrictions on non-essential travel at least to September 21.

Homeland Security cited concerns over the spread of the Delta variant in limiting non-essential travel into the US across the Canada and Mexico borders in a tweet Friday morning.

Montana’s 3 members of Congress all criticized the extension.

Republican Senator Steve Daines said in a statement “President Biden has once again let down Montana families and businesses. His refusal to open the northern border is hurting our economy, jobs and border communities. 

Democrat Senator Jon Tester also citing the economic impact in his statement saying “I disagree with the Biden Administration’s decision to keep the northern border closed. Montanans depend on cross-border trade and travel to meet their bottom lines and keep their businesses afloat as well as to stay in contact with family and friends in both countries who haven’t seen each other in person for more than a year.” 


A statement on Twitter from U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale said:

“We need to get our northern border open. The back-and-forth is hurting our small businesses and border communities.”

Montana’s delegation have actively called on the Biden administration to reopen the border.

August 9 Canada eased pandemic travel restrictions for US citizens who are fully vaccinated and have tested negative to the virus, ending the dual restrictions that had been in place along the 55-hundred mile border since the pandemic began in March 2020.

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Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.
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