Further restrict movement through the U​.​S. - Canada border

Further restrict movement through the U​.​S. - Canada border

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Alex Ouellette started this petition to Brian Masse and

Windsor, Ontario is a border city located next to Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is currently experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the United States, with more cases than the entire province of Ontario (1). Yet, thousands of healthcare workers from Windsor are being allowed to commute on a daily basis to Michigan to work (1). These returning employees, who are at the front lines of a raging American epidemic, are putting Windsor, Ontario, and all of Canada at extreme risk. 

Currently, 1/3 of our infections have come from these workers in the U.S. (3), and a much greater percentage from the U.S. in general. One nurse employed in Michigan recently commented, "I can't say we're not bringing it home, because we are being exposed. There's no option for us not to come to work." Another stated that "we are fighting a war [in Michigan]". (4) 

Today (April 2), the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is Windsor is 128, but this number is doubling every other day (2). Windsor is nowhere near as well-equipped as major cities and will be hit so hard and so fast if very strict precautionary measures are not taken now. Our window of opportunity is rapidly closing. 

Requests have been made (5), but have thus far seemingly fallen upon deaf ears.

Please...

- tighten our borders and narrow what is considered an essential reason to cross,

- introduce mandatory social distancing and include heavy fines (at minimum) for those who choose to risk public safety, and

- ensure better quarantining efforts and tracking of individuals with COVID-19  so that infected or possibly infected individuals do not expose others.

Save Windsorites and Canadians now.

 

(1) https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/michigan-ontario-border-health-care-workers-1.5516165

(2) https://www.wechu.org/cv/local-updates

(3) https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2020/03/31/one-third-of-people-with-coronavirus-covid-19-in-windsor-work-in-michigan-officials-say/

(4) https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/michigan-ontario-border-health-care-workers-1.5516165

(5) https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/masse-requests-additional-measures-to-secure-windsor-detroit-border-from-covid-19-spread-1.4872509

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