Social and physical distancing is a pretty new concept for most of us. Therefore, what is and isn’t allowed can be somewhat confusing. Thankfully, the Canada Border Service Agency is using social media to clear up a few of the most commonly asked questions, and they’re explaining Canada’s social distancing rules when it comes to the border.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have changed significantly. What was once a simple trip across the border to pick up a parcel or visit a friend is now a big no-no, and we’re being urged to take essential trips only.

However, not everybody is certain what actually counts as “essential.”

Thankfully, the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) is on-hand to help us all out, and they’ve taken to Twitter to explain all of the dos and don’ts.

Over the last week or so, the agency has been sharing examples of what they consider to be a non-essential trip over the border. Sadly, picking up a new puppy is one of them!

On Monday, the CBSA explained, “#NowIsNotTheTime to get your new puppy across the border. As cute as they are, they are non-essential and travelling can put you and your family at risk.”

In addition to collecting puppies, the CBSA also revealed that you won’t be allowed to cross the border if you’re trying to visit your seasonal home, as this doesn't qualify as an essential trip.

Visiting loved ones in another country is also a no-go, explains border services. “#NowIsNotTheTime to cross the border to visit at-risk loved ones in another country where you aren’t a citizen or PR,” their tweet states.

If you’ve been invited to a wedding, birthday party or an event, you can just forget it! “Birthdays are important but not more than fighting the spread of COVID-19,” added the agency.

While walking and exercising outdoors is allowed under Canada’s social distancing rules, crossing the border to hike is not.

The CBSA explains, “Tourism, recreation and entertainment is considered non-essential travel.”

The same applies to anybody who’s taking a leisure-inspired trip. The only people crossing should be those “providing critical, essential services who support Canadians in fighting against COVID-19.”

Finally, picking-up or dropping-off people and packages is also prohibited if it’s for non-essential reasons.

This means you can't head to the border to collect loved ones to take them home, and you can't cross to pick up parcels, packages or non-essential deliveries.

Earlier this week, health officials and police also confirmed that going for a drive is also a no-go, even if you don't get out of the vehicle.

While some social distancing rules can seem a little confusing, the overriding message is simple. Unless you absolutely have to do something, put it on the back-burner for now!

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