The Biden administration has extended non-essential travel restrictions across the country’s borders.
The restrictions will go into effect Thursday and last through Aug. 21, according to the federal government notice. The extension comes as the U.S. sees a rise in coronavirus cases nationwide.
The U.S. has been limiting such travel along the northern and southern borders since the start of the pandemic.
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are exempted from these restrictions. People who are traveling for medical purposes or to attend schools are also exempt.
An administration official said although there’s been promising development in the fight against COVID-19, recent virus outbreaks and global transmission poses a risk.