US-Canada Border to Close Late Friday to Non-Essential Trips
By Rob Gillies Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government says the Canada-U.S. border will be closed to all non-essential travel in both directions on Friday night.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it will take "weeks to months" for social-distancing measures in his country to be lifted.
Both the U.S. and Canada have been in talks in recent days to negotiate a mutual halt to tourism and family visits but leaving the flow of trade intact.
Canada relies on the U.S. for 75% of its exports and about 18% of American exports go to Canada. Much of Canada's food supply comes from or via the U.S.