The flags of the United States, Canada, and the state of Maine fly near downtown Houlton, only three miles from the U.S.-Canada border. Credit: Alexander MacDougall | Houlton Pioneer Times

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HOULTON, Maine — Canada’s prime minister has closed the borders to his country, with a few exceptions for U.S. citizens, in response to the spreading coronavirus infections.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday during a press conference that all travelers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be barred from entering Canada, according to CBC News.

There are several exceptions to this rule, including the acceptance of U.S. citizens.

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Any individual who displays symptoms will not be permitted to board a flight into Canada, the report said.

Trudeau also said that, as of Wednesday, international flights will be permitted to land only at the international airports in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, in order to do more enhanced screening.

The new border controls will not apply to trade and commerce in order to keep Canada’s supply chain open, the report said.

Michael McCarthy, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Monday that there were no changes to the U.S. policy for traveling to and from Canada, beyond the additional screenings already taking place.