Stronger interprovincial border controls for BC now!
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BC is now in its third wave of the COVID pandemic with more dangerous variants circulating in the province. Yet Premier John Horgan is unwilling to put in strong measures to prevent interprovincial travel to protect BC citizens and our neighbours.
Horgan is hoping to discourage non-essential interprovincial travel with new signs at the Alberta-BC border without checkpoints. That is not enough. 10 provinces and territories already have strict interprovincial travel restrictions due to COVID, but BC is not one of them.
BC needs strong interprovincial border controls that limit all non-essential travel and enforce mandatory quarantine.
We demand the Province of BC and Premier to follow other Canadian jurisdictions to:
- Implement enforced checkpoints at interprovincial borders (land, air and sea) to restrict non-essential travel into and out of BC;
- Enforce a 14-day mandatory self-isolation quarantine for people travelling into BC.
The Prime Minister, federal government, and Canadians support interprovincial travel
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he supports travel restrictions between Canadian provinces and territories. The federal government’s website also encourages citizens to follow each province’s travel restriction guidelines as detailed here. According to a recent survey by Research Co, 80% of Canadians support banning non-essential interprovincial travel.
What other jurisdictions have closed their borders?
- In Canada: Strict interprovincial travel measures are already implemented in 10 Canadian provinces and territories including Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Yukon. Details here.
- In Australia: Australia allows its states to close and restrict their borders, and require mandatory quarantine as they deem necessary.
- In New Zealand: The country is divided into regional zones that have varying levels of regional travel restrictions depending on each region’s outbreak situation.
It’s no coincidence that many of these jurisdictions that have implemented regional travel restrictions, specifically Atlantic Canada provinces, Australia, and New Zealand, have also been successful at fighting COVID. They are ones that chose a COVID zero strategy that aims to eliminate COVID within its borders so that there are no more waves. Restricting interprovincial/state travel is part of that solution.
It’s now up to Horgan to step up for British Columbians. Our lives matter. Don't blow it for us.
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