Ontario’s Solicitor General Sylvia Jones has confirmed the interprovincial border restrictions set up at the Ontario-Manitoba border and Ontario-Quebec border will remain in effect through June 2.
Ontario’s current stay-at-home orders are set to expire on June 2, after being extended by Premier Doug Ford on May 13.
Enforcement officials are set up at interprovincial points of entry to screen incoming passenger vehicles with out-of-province plates to determine their reason for entering Ontario, and those not travelling for essential reasons will be refused entry.
Permitted reasons to pass through the checkpoints include, but are not limited to:
- Live/work in Ontario,
- Health care matters,
- Indigenous Treaty Rights,
- Child care or custody matters,
- Transportation of goods,
- Those travelling through Ontario to another location,
- Those performing work on their recreational properties, with certain conditions provided by the OPP. Residents are asked to contact the Kenora OPP for more information.
Ontario-plated passenger vehicles will be required to enter the checkpoint but will be allowed to proceed. Commercial vehicles, such as transport trucks, will be permitted to pass.
Further specifics on vehicle border screening legislation can be found at Ontario.ca.
Afterward June 2, each region is expected to transition back into the provincial COVID-19 response framework with certain safety restrictions pertaining to specific levels of risk within a region.
As of May 13, the Northwestern Health Unit is reporting a total of 49 active cases of the virus locally. That includes 35 cases in the Sioux Lookout health hub, 6 in the Kenora health hub, 5 in the Dryden health hub, 2 in the Fort Frances health hub and 1 in the Emo health hub.
Overall, the NWHU’s catchment area has seen a total of 1,022 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 70 hospitalizations, 12 Ministry-defined outbreaks and 7 deaths since last March.
The province reported 2,759 new cases of COVID-19 on May 13, pushing Ontario past the 500,000 confirmed case count in the last 15 months. Just under 100,000 of those cases have been reported in the last 28 days. The provincial death toll sits at 8,405