Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that he will close the country’s borders to anyone not a citizen, an American, or a permanent resident — and even they have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival — due to the coronavirus pandemic. He advised his country’s citizens that “now is the time to come home.”
He also said those already in the country, “as much as possible should stay home.” He spoke outside his residence, where he is self-isolating after his wife tested positive for the virus.
The prime minister said the exemption for their American neighbors, despite the rapid rise of cases in the U.S., was due to “the level of integration of our two economies.” The U.S. accounts for 75 percent of the country’s exports.
Professor Nelson Wiseman of the University of Toronto said so much of Canada’s food supply comes from or via the U.S so the damage in closing the common border would be immense.