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UPDATED 3:10 PM PT – Friday, August 20, 2021
The Department of Homeland Security prolonged travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico amid concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant. In a tweet on Friday, the DHS announced restrictions on nonessential travel to U.S. neighbors have extended to expire on September 21.
Since they were first put in place in March 2020, these travel rules have been extended on a monthly basis. The restrictions have faced criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-N.Y.) released a statement, in which he called out the Biden administration for a lack of transparency on the matter. He added border closures have been devastating the economy.
“This decision prolongs the suffering of our small businesses and families,” he stated in a tweet. “The border should’ve reopened to nonessential travel months ago.”
In addition, the Transportation Security Administration extended face mask mandates for all forms of public transportation until January 18 of next year.