Ottawa clarifies COVID-19 travel exemption at the BC-US border during floods

The statement said it had also contacted the Canadian Public Health Agency, which would consider all available circumstances in enforcing the quarantine law.

The Border Agency says it does not issue fines and decisions on any sanctions under the Quarantine Act are the responsibility of the public health agency or the police.

Media reports show that some people have complained that they face fines and quarantine if they returned to Canada without a PCR test after crossing the border to get necessary supplies.

It notes that anyone traveling to the United States for a non-essential reason to visit friends, dine at a restaurant, or go shopping on vacation will not be subject to the lenient rules.

Blair says the travel exemption for essential supplies was appropriate, but it cannot be abused.

“That does not include visiting family and friends, participating in recreational activities and then gassing up on the way back,” he told reporters in Ottawa.

Officials and representatives of public health authorities at border crossings must have the information they need to make the right decisions, Blair said, and “that clarity has been given.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 23, 2021.

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