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le Vendredi 16 avril 2021 20:34 | mis à jour le 8 avril 2022 19:21 Tribune-Express (Hawkesbury)

Interprovincial travel restricted under new measures

The Ford government will restrict trips between Ontario and Quebec to essential travel only from Monday, as part of a range of new restrictions.

Premier Doug Ford announced checkpoints will be set up at all provincial border crossings from Monday at 12:01 a.m. Resident would only be allowed to travel between provinces for work, medical care, the transportation of goods, or exercising Indigenous treaty rights.

The measures were announced as part of a range of new restrictions as cases and hospitalizations continued to rise during a Friday afternoon press conference. The stay at home order issued last week was extended for an additional two weeks. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to members of the same household from Saturday at 12:01 a.m., while someone living alone could join one other household.  

Police will have the authority to approach anyone or pull any driver over and ask for their reason for being outside, and ask for their address.

Non-essential construction sites will be closed, while all outdoor recreation facilities, such as golf courses, soccer fields, basketball courts and other outdoor sports areas will be closed. Essential retail store occupancy, including supermarkets, big box and convenience stores, will be limited to 25 percent capacity, while from Monday, religious, wedding and funeral services will be capped to 10 people indoors or outdoors.  

The travel restrictions will affect border crossings into Quebec across eastern Ontario. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported 30 new cases in the region on Friday, including 16 in Prescott-Russell. There were 488 cases active in the region, including 226 in Prescott-Russell.