A border closure can't seem to stop people from coming. So, these 36 border crossings in Canada are getting health officials stationed at them to do COVID-19 screenings. That's in hopes of stopping the virus from coming into the country.
The Public Health Agency of Canada told Narcity that it is establishing a presence at 36 points of entry across the country.
All of those are considered high volume because normally 90% of travellers coming into Canada go through those places.
At both air and land crossings in almost every province, officials like screening officers and quarantine officers will be supporting the Canada Border Services Agency.
These are the 36 places where the Public Health Agency of Canada is establishing a presence at the border:
- Vancouver (YVR)
- Calgary (YYC)
- Edmonton (YEG)
- Lester Pearson T1 (YYZ)
- Lester Pearson T3 (YYZ)
- Pierre Elliot Trudeau (YUL)
- Halifax (YHZ)
- Winnipeg (YWG)
- Billy Bishop (YTZ)
- Ottawa (YOW)
- Quebec City (YQB)
- Douglas Passenger (BC)
- Aldergrove (BC)
- Osoyoos (BC)
- Pacific Hwy (BC)
- Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre (BC)
- Coutts (AB)
- Emerson (MB)
- Fort Frances (ON)
- Pigeon River (ON)
- Fort Erie—Niagara Falls Region (ON)
- Lewiston-Queenston Bridge—Niagara Falls Region (ON)
- Rainbow Bridge—Niagara Falls Region (ON)
- Ambassador Bridge—Windsor (ON)
- Windsor—Tunnel (ON)*
- Blue Water Bridge—Sarnia Region (ON)
- Sault Ste Marie (ON)
- Prescott—Ogdensburg (ON)
- Lansdowne—1000 Islands Bridge (ON)
- St-Armand (QB)
- Stanstead Route 55 (QC)
- Huntingdon (QC)
- Lacolle Route 15 (QC)
- Woodstock (NB)
- Edmundston (NB)
- St Stephen (NB)
At each of these crossings, officials will do screenings, health assessments, and determine whether or not people have proper plans to quarantine.
Anyone coming in has to isolate for 14 days because of the Quarantine Act.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is doing all of this to "minimize the risk" of COVID-19 being brought into the country.
There have been multiple cases of people coming up from the U.S. and into Canada despite the border being closed.
In Banff, seven people from the U.S. were also fined for not taking proper precautions.
Someone who came to Nova Scotia from our neighbouring country had the virus and has been linked to multiple positive cases in P.E.I.
It's expected that the Canada-U.S. border will stay closed for another 30 days until August 21.
*Editor's note: This story has been updated.