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Metaline Falls border station to implement reduced hours of operation

UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Metaline Falls in northeast Washington just shy of the Canadian border was originally founded to supply labor for mining and cement manufacturing. The border has been closed to nonessential travel since March 20. (Rajah Bose / The Spokesman-Review)
Metaline Falls in northeast Washington just shy of the Canadian border was originally founded to supply labor for mining and cement manufacturing. The border has been closed to nonessential travel since March 20. (Rajah Bose / The Spokesman-Review)
From staff and wire reports

The Metaline Falls, Washington, port of entry at the U.S.-Canada border announced plans on Wednesday to implement reduced hours of operation, according to Justin VanArsdall, port director for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Starting Monday, the port of entry will be open to essential traffic only from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The reduced hours will remain in place until April 30, or until the federal government lifts the current travel restrictions.

The ban for nonessential travel was implemented on March 20 due to concerns about the novel coronavirus pandemic. The ban does not affect health care professionals, airline crews, truck drivers and government officials.

The border station is normally open 8 a.m. until midnight for anyone to come and go, but when the border was closed, the station was restricted to essential traffic from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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