Quebec closes border with Ontario at 12:01 a.m. Monday

Quebec closes border with Ontario at 12:01 a.m. Monday
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Sporadic road checks will be implemented to limit travel between the two provinces, Quebec says.

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Quebec police stop motorists at a checkpoint near the Ontario border in Rivière Beaudette, west of Montreal, Sunday, March 29, 2020.
Quebec police stop motorists at a checkpoint near the Ontario border in Rivière Beaudette, west of Montreal, Sunday, March 29, 2020. Photo by Graham Hughes /THE CANADIAN PRESS files

The Quebec government announced Sunday the details of its closure of borders with Ontario to control the spread of COVID-19 variants.

“Sporadic” road checks will be implemented to limit travel between the two provinces, Quebec said, but there will not be 24-hour roadblocks, a spokesperson for the public security ministry told Presse Canadienne.

Ontario Provincial Police will also be patrolling borders as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, and Ottawa Police will be on all bridges and ferries between Gatineau and Ottawa.

People from Ontario will not be permitted to travel to or be in Quebec, except where they can show they are travelling:

  • to their principal or secondary residence (if the latter, that they have to maintain the property)
  • for humanitarian reasons, to give or obtain health care
  • to work or attend school
  • to conform to a court order, appear at a court or tribunal or fulfil a shared custody arrangement
  • for work as a federal public employee whose presence is required in Quebec
  • to transport goods to or through Quebec
  • to reach a principal residence outside Quebec
  • internationally or to another province by bus, train, ferry or plane

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Those coming home from Ontario will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, except those who fall under other exceptions listed above. Those transiting through Quebec will not be allowed to make unneeded stops or eat in restaurants, nor are they allowed to travel to Nunavik or yellow zones in Quebec, including the Gaspésie region.

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