As Canada struggles amidst a third wave of coronavirus infections, the Center for Disease Control updated its travel guidelines to urge Americans to not visit Canada.
“Because of the current situation in Canada,” the website reads, “even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Canada.”
Toronto has closed all public schools and moved classes online to get the virus under control, and Ontario has recorded more than 3,000 new infections daily.
“The spread of COVID-19 has never been greater in Toronto, with variants of concern increasing both the risk of transmission and the risk of serious illness or death,” Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said in a statement.
The CDC determined that essential travel to Canada should only be conducted by people who have been fully vaccinated. Many states have opened up vaccine eligibility for everyone ages 16 and up, and the Biden administration has announced all states must open full eligibility by April 19th.
As always, all travelers are urged to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings, and continue to wash their hands.
Those travelling by air back to the United States are required to present proof of a negative coronavirus test or that they have recovered from the virus in the past three months.
With reporting by the Associated Press.