Americans Should Stop Using Alaska Loophole To Enter Canada, Freeland Suggests

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OTTAWA — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has a message for Americans: “Please do not come to Canada unless you are coming for an essential reason.” Freeland was asked Friday to respond to a CTV News report about American visitors who have been spotted dining out in Banff, flouting physical distancing and 14-day quarantine rules. Though Americans are barred from entering Canada for non-essential travel, some travellers have reportedly been using a loophole to gain entry into Canada by claiming they’re driving to Alaska. Some have reportedly come from Texas, a state that is currently considered a COVID-19 hot spot.