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Canada on Friday extended a restriction on non-essential international entries to the end of November as COVID-19 cases rise, while relaxing quarantine rules for some cut-off border communities between Canada and the United States.

The travel ban has been in place since mid-March, while Ottawa and Washington have a separate agreement prohibiting non-essential travel between their two countries that is due to expire a week earlier.

Travelers who are allowed to enter Canada despite the ban – including key employees, students and spouses, children, parents, or legal guardians of Canadian citizens – must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

However, Public Security Secretary Bill Blair said “some practical adjustments” would be made to the rule to allow residents of some runaway communities to cross the border to access necessities such as food and medical care without having to worry about each trip having to isolate yourself.

He specifically named Campobello Island in New Brunswick; Stewart, British Columbia; Northwest Angle, Minnesota; and Hyder, Alaska – all cut off from their respective countries due to border irregularities such as panhandles.

The government will also allow exemptions for a pilot project with the province of Alberta for alternatives to quarantines.

Participants will be tested for COVID-19 infection at the border or after landing at Calgary Airport. If the result is negative, they can end their quarantine early as long as they commit to taking a second test at a local pharmacy about a week later.

You also need to watch out for symptoms, take precautions such as wearing masks in public, and avoid visiting high-risk groups.

When traveling between Canada and the United States, there are typically 400,000 border crossings per day, but travel has been kept to a minimum since the pandemic restrictions were in place.

Canada hit a dismal milestone this week, recording more than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths as the US neared 230,000.

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