COVID-19: Ontario government putting checkpoints at Ottawa-Gatineau border

The Ontario government is setting up interprovincial travel restrictions that will see checkpoints established between Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

The new measures are part of a package of new restrictions unveiled Friday in hopes of slowing the transmission of COVID-19 in the province.

Premier Doug Ford announced the checkpoints, which will limit travel between Ontario and its neighbouring provinces of Manitoba and Quebec, in a press conference Friday afternoon.

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The restrictions will go into effect on Monday, April 19 at 12:01 a.m.

Exemptions to the order will include travel for work, medical care and the transportation of goods.

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and police Chief Peter Sloly will respond to the new restrictions in a press conference at 5 p.m.

More to come…

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