US, Canada close border to nonessential traffic to combat coronavirus outbreak, Trump says

by

comment
ROXANNE GONZALEZ / SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Roxanne Gonzalez / Shutterstock

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning that the U.S. and Canada have reached a “mutual” deal to close the border to “non-essential traffic” to combat the coronavirus.

“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic,” Trump tweeted. “Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!”



Before Trump's announcement, U.S. and Canadian officials had been working on a ban on nonessential travel between the two countries. Though details have not been released, it appears trade and commerce won’t be affected, according to Trump’s tweet.

Detroit and other parts of Michigan share a border with Canada. More than 7,100 trucks, 23,100 passengers cars, and 94 buses use the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel each day for border crossings, according to the Bridge and Tunnel Operators Association.



Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.