Early statistics are starting to show the effect of Canada-U.S. travel restrictions designed to stop the spread of COVID-19, and they are not good.
The CBSA statistics compare travel over a week and a day in March to volumes during the same period in 2019. They represent traveler movement since the announcement that the U.S., and Canada have temporarily restricted all non-essential travel across the US-Canada land border for 30 days in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 exposure.
According to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) statistics compared commercial travel over a week in March to volumes during the same period in 2019. According to Matt Stuart, a spokesperson for the CBSA , there were 88,290 truck drivers who crossed between March 23 and 29, which is down from 115,239 drivers who crossed between March 25th and 31st, 2019 showing a 24% reduction in commercial travel.
“No measures have been introduced restricting commercial shipments or rendering certain products as non essential,” stated Stuart. “Cross-border supply chains are vital to ensure the continued flow of good, including food and medical supplies for all Canadians.”
Border crossings involving personal travel are also down a whopping 82% in the same period due to the restrictions put into place. Between March 23rd and 29th there were 99,096 non-commercial travelers down from 916,996 travelers between March 25th-31st in 2019. Air travel was even worse with 129,195 travelers arriving in Canada via flights in the week of March 23-29. For the week of March 25-31, 2019, the total hit 850,212.