No rush to open U.S. border: Brockville Mayor

(Canadian Press)

With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing south of the border, Brockville's Mayor is in no rush to re-open the Canada-U.S. border to visitors. 

The border is currently closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21, but that has already been extended several times since April. 

Brockville Mayor Jason Baker is suprised the border has remained closed this long but said public health and safety need to be top of mind for border communities on both sides of the 49th parallel, so he remains happy with the move. 

"Until they [the U.S.] kind of get under control, it really is inviting danger into our area," Baker said of potentially welcoming American tourists. 

"I'm not trying to keep them out but they don't seem to be recognizing the seriousness of this," he added, noting the troubling number of new cases of the virus that have emerged in the U.S. in the last two days, which has included more cases than all of Canada.

The U.S. reported 45,000 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, while the death toll has surpassed 130,000. Canada has seen 106,000 total cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic, while the U.S. has reported nearly 3 million.