Trudeau: Canada-U.S. border to close to nonessential travel on Friday night

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canada-U.S. border will likely close to nonessential travel on Friday night to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking to reporters from his home in Ottawa this morning, Trudeau said the two governments “are continuing to work on the fine-tuning of the agreement between Canada and the United States,” but said it’s close to being finalized.

Trudeau and President Donald Trump both announced Wednesday morning they were working on a mutual agreement to close the border to tourism and recreational travel. The border will stay open to trade, and Trudeau assured Canadians on Wednesday that deliveries of food, fuel and medicine would continue. Still, there remain unanswered questions about what else will be considered essential cross-border travel.