Quebec-Ontario border closing Monday

The Ontario-Quebec border between Highways 20 and 401.

The border between Quebec and Ontario is closed as of this past Monday for non-essential travel, Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault announced.

“As of Monday, we will close our border with Ontario and ensure tight movement controls,” she wrote on Twitter. “We are in discussions with the Ontario government to determine the terms. The propagation of variants must be limited. It’s a matter of security.”

Exceptions for those entering from Ontario, according to media reports, include those who have a secondary residence in Quebec that must be maintained, humanitarian purposes, obtaining or providing health care, working in or attending a Quebec educational institution, respecting a court judgment, and transporting goods. Travel from Quebec to Ontario also has to be for essential reasons.

Ontario’s COVID new case numbers have skyrocketed, with 4,812 cases reported Friday, part of an upward trend. The province extended its stay-at-home order to May 20. By comparison, Quebec reported 1,527 new cases on the same day.

“I will continue to collaborate with Premier Ford and the Ontario government to keep our citizens safe,” Premier François Legault wrote on Twitter. “Variants have no boundaries. We are all working together to break this third wave.”

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