Ontario Premier Ford announces new restrictions, checkpoints for inter-provincial travel


TORONTO — New restrictions announced today by Ontario Premier Doug Ford include restrictions on inter-provincial travel, as the province deals with rising COVID-19 caseloads fuelled by the variants of concern. Ford said he’s extending Ontario’s stay-at-home order by two weeks, for a total of six weeks. Starting Monday, April 19, at 12:01 a.m., there will be checkpoints at all of Ontario’s inter-provincial borders. “We will be limiting access at Ontario’s borders with Manitoba and Quebec,” he said. Access will be limited to essential travel only, including essential workers and anyone traveling for medical care, transportation of goods, and exercising Indigenous treaty rights. People without a valid reason for entering Ontario “will be turned back”. Ford said he’s also calling on the federal government to “tighten up our international borders.”

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