B.C. announces random roadside checks to restrict travel in the province

B.C. Premier John Horgan announced Monday, April 19 new travel restrictions in the province to reduce the movement of people in hopes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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New travel restrictions will begin Friday, April 23. The province also announced an extension to the ban on social gatherings and in-restaurant dining. 

The province is asking residents to stay in their health authority and only travel outside of it for “essential” reasons. 

Random audits of vehicles will be made to make sure individuals are complying with rules.

Additionally, B.C. Ferries will stop taking bookings from people with RVs or campers and will contact other people who have booked to make sure their travel is essential.

Speaking about the random audits, B.C. Premier Horgan said, “They will be susceptible to all travellers, not just some travellers, and again, they will be random and there will be a fine if you are travelling outside your area without a legitimate reason.”

B.C. Premier Horgan said that the province has been working with the tourism industry in order to halt travel in the province by rejecting bookings from people traveling outside their local areas. 

Horgan said that he expects the tourism industry to comply with the province but if they do not, the province is prepared to enforce such orders. 

The measures are set to remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on May 24, 2021.

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