Canada-U.S. border closed for another month

People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing facility during the coronavirus pandemic in Burnaby, British Columbia, on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO — The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month.

The statement Friday by Public Safety Minister Bill Blair came a day after Mexico announced a similar measure for its border with the United States. The land border restrictions aimed at controlling the coronavirus pandemic were first announced in March and have been renewed monthly.

Essential cross-border workers such as health care professionals, airline crews and truck drivers are still permitted to cross. Americans and Canadians returning to their respective countries are exempted from the border closure.

Canada sends 75% of its exports to the U.S. and about 18% of American exports go to Canada.