Americans, Canadians scramble to get home before border largely shuts down
Now they are among the many Canadians scrambling to get home after Canada and the United States announced on Wednesday they had agreed to close their 5,500-mile border — the world’s longest land boundary — to nonessential traffic in an unprecedented effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Slack said his family had urged him to come back before the announcement, especially as the number of cases of the deadly virus in Florida ticked upward. He had almost decided to leave, “to keep peace in the family,” he said, but news of the partial border shutdown provided a “push.”
“Once we cross the border, we’ll be relieved,” he said.
The border restrictions, which kick in at midnight, have not only upended travel plans, but also introduced a degree of confusion and angst into closely intertwined border communities. Some 400,000 people and more than $1.6 billion in goods traverse the U.S.-Canada border each day.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the closure of …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]