President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he's negotiated with the Canadian government to temporarily close the US border with Canada to "non-essential" traffic without affecting trade.
"Pence immediately reacted positively, but said he needed to have some conversations", and less than an hour later, he "phoned back and said the Trump administration agreed".
Freeland reiterated Thursday that any Canadians still in the USA will be able to return to Canada. Much of Canada's food supply comes from or via the U.S.
Both countries had already issued sweeping travel bans but had maintained exemptions for each other.
"This is massive. We've never had an indefinite closure like this in the history of Confederation".
Until the closure takes effect, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has been urging Canadians in the interim to honour the spirit of the agreement and resist the temptation to try to enter the United States if it's not absolutely necessary.
Ottawa closed the borders to most foreign nationals on Monday but excluded USA citizens.
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The S&P 500 fell 324.89 points, or 11.98 percent, to 2,386.13-its lowest point since the 2008 financial crisis. We're not thinking in terms of recession, we're thinking it terms of the virus'.
Freeland emphasized truck drivers are critical as they supply grocery stores and medical goods in both directions. What I'm more anxious about is business that involves two companies from either country meeting.
But as Trudeau focused on the economic fight against novel coronavirus, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's top public health officer, said people should expect the virus that causes COVID-19 to stick around for a long time.
Closing the border with Canada raised new questions over America's southern border with Mexico. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Photo published February 19, 2020.
City Hall rink is closed as Torontonians adjust to the new normal as businesses close, or ask their employees to work from home and avoid large groups, on Monday March 16, 2020. The Prime Minister also said that Export Development Canada and Farm Credit Canada were also providing financial support to their industries.
"Travelers will no longer be permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism", Trudeau said.
An additional $55-billion has also been announced in tax deferrals.