An Ontario mayor is calling on Doug Ford to stop people from travelling north in the wake of recent COVID-19 cases.\nBrian Bigger, the mayor of Greater Sudbury, announced on Monday that he is asking the province to set up highway checkpoints to deter travellers.\nEditor's Choice: 7 Major Chain Stores That Are Closing Locations In Ontario\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nThe concept of checkpoints is not unrealistic and it has been proven as an effective tool. We are in the middle of winter and at a crossroads in this pandemic. \n\n\nMayor Brian Bigger \n\n\nBigger promoted the idea of creating a "northern bubble" with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stepping in to monitor travel.\nThe mayor stated that he plans to ask Ford's government to take immediate action this week in order to protect its seniors, kids, and hospitals. \n"I will be reaching out to the province again this week to request an action plan that will either stop or stymie traffic flow up Highway 69 unless absolutely necessary," he added.\nThe call for drastic measures comes as cases in the area continue to rise. \nNine deaths and 520 COVID-19 cases have been reported. \nSince last year, lake towns have been begging people to stay home and not travel to northern regions.