After a year waiting for it to reopen, the U.S. border with Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel for another month.

Homeland Security says those travel restrictions will stay in place through April 21 in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Officials say they’re working to find a way to safely ease those restrictions when conditions permit. 

The closure has made a big impact locally.

Customs and Border Protection officials in Buffalo say personal vehicles passengers decreased by more than 9 million last year.

They also say drug seizures at border crossings have spiked nearly 1,000% during that time.