US Extends Nonessential Border Crossings Until Sept. 21

The U.S. announced Friday that has extended its ban on nonessential travel along the borders with Canada and Mexico until at least Sept. 21.

Despite increasing pressure to lift the restrictions, the government is keeping the ban in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

Restrictions do not apply to cross-border trade, U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and people traveling for medical purposes or to attend school.

The travel restrictions have been in place since March 2020.

The border restrictions were set to expire on Saturday.