May 19, 2020 / 6:58 PM / 9 days ago

U.S. extends non-essential travel restrictions on Canada, Mexico through June 22

FILE PHOTO: Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf looks up during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday extended non-essential travel restrictions at U.S. land borders with Mexico and Canada through June 22 that were set to expire on Wednesday.

“Non-essential travel will not be permitted until this administration is convinced that doing so is safe and secure,” Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement. “We have been in contact with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts and they also agree that extending these restrictions is prudent at this time.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada and the United States have agreed to extend a ban on non-essential land travel between the two nations by another 30 days.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Grant McCool

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