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3/21/2020 - BORDER CROSSING RESTRICTIONS RELEASED IN FEDERAL REGISTER: TAKE EFFECT TONIGHT AT 11:59 P.M.
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is pointing to the release in the Federal Register of the details of restrictions on cross border travel which will now take effect officially tonight (March 20) at 11:59 p.m.
"We are pleased that the final policy continues to exempt commercial and shipping movements, imposing no new restrictions or conditions," states Chamber President Garry Douglas. "On the car side, they have adopted a reasonable list of exemptions which incorporates types of essential travel we had asked be exempted."
The notice indicates that categories of essential travel which will continue to be allowed include but are not limited to:
- U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the U.S.
- Individuals traveling for medical purposes.
- Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions.
- Individuals traveling to work in the United States.
- Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes.
- Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (such as truck drivers).
- Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel.
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children returning to the U.S.
- Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.
Border crossings are not allowed for individuals traveling for tourism purposes.
"It is a profoundly sad day to see the effective closing of the border to most back and forth activity between the American and Canadian people," says Douglas. "But hopefully this action and others being taken will save lives and allow us to get past this sooner. It is bound to also provide a real reminder to all of us on both sides just how valuable our connectivity is to us and how special our bi-national relationship truly is."
Click here for the official release.