Quebec and Ontario Announces Decision to Close Provincial Borders Starting Monday

Quebec Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault says the province will be closed to travellers coming in from Ontario starting Monday.

Her announcement, made on Twitter Friday, comes just after Ontario Premier Doug Ford said his province is closed as well.

“We are in discussions with the Ontario government to determine the terms,” Guilbault said.

“The propagation of variants must be limited. It’s a matter of safety.”

Ontario Premier Ford said checkpoints will soon appear at Ontario’s borders with Quebec and Manitoba as part of the province’s ongoing attempt to manage the severity of the pandemic’s third wave.

For those headed to Ontario, exceptions will include people going to work, seeking medical care, transporting goods and exercising Indigenous treaty rights.

Shortly after Deputy Chancellor Guilbault announced Quebec’s decision to close the border, Premier Legault posted on Twitter saying he would work closely with Premier Ford and the Ontario government “to keep our citizens safe. Variants have no boundaries. We are all working together to break this third wave.”

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