Ottawa police checkpoints at Ottawa-Gatineau crossings begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday

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Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will be greeted by police checkpoints at all interprovincial crossings into Ottawa on Monday, as Ontario implements new restrictions to stop non-essential travel into the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ottawa police say starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, officers will be screening travellers at all Ottawa-area interprovincial border crossings from Gatineau. The Ontario government announced the new travel restrictions into Ontario from the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec on Friday afternoon, as part of new restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. Ottawa police officers will be stationed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the Ontario side of the Champlain Bridge, Portage Bridge, Chaudiere Bridge and Macdonald-Cartier Bridge, as well as the Quyon and the Bourbonnais ferries. Police say officers will also have a presence at the Alexandra Bridge, “as the Provincial Order also applies to pedestrians and cyclists.” “We’ll only be stopping Ontario-bound passengers. We’re only going to be stopping private vehicles coming in from Quebec,” said Insp. Michel Marin during a Sunday afternoon media briefing.

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