Reports from the police indicate that two Americans spotted multiple times in an Ontario town have been penalized for breaking Canada’s COVID-19 quarantine rules. According to Ontario Provincial Police officers in the Rainy River District, which runs along the Canada-U.S. border west of Thunder Bay, Ont., the two arrived in Canada on June 24. Police reported on Saturday that the two were told to drive straight to their Canadian destination and stay there for 14 days but failed to comply with the Quarantine Act.
Thus, the 66-year-old man and 65-year-old woman, have been penalized $1,000 each. The police say they live in Excelsior, Minn. Since March, all people heading to Canada for non-essential reasons have been requested to quarantine for two weeks. This guideline will be observed until the end of August. While en route to their quarantine locations, visitors also have to wear non-medical face masks, except if they are in private vehicles.
The concern is that some tourists may be using an exemption that allows Americans to travel through Canada to reach Alaska to get into the country and stay there. In recent times, various charges associated with Quarantine Act violations have been laid against Alta. B.C, the Americans found in Banff. Last week, Premier John Horgan begged American tourists to go straight to Alaska and straight back.
Depending with if a failure to quarantine leads to death or serious bodily harm, the Quarantine Act carries fines of up to $750,000 and a maximum penalty of six-month jail terms or more. Those arriving from outside the U.S. have until July 31 since the border is also closed outright to most non-citizens. However, there are exceptions for immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats, aircrews, and permanent residents.