Quebec-Ontario border to reopen to non-essential travel as of Wednesday

The Quebec-Ontario border is fully reopening to all forms of travel starting Wednesday as COVID-19 restrictions are loosened.

“This reopening applies to anyone wishing to travel between the two provinces, without exception,” Quebec’s Public Security Ministry said in a statement issued Monday.

The border between the two provinces, which have been hard hit by the health crisis, was initially closed in late April to non-essential travel.

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There were some exceptions during that period, but police presence was heavy on both sides in a bid to stem the tide of the novel coronavirus.

With the reopening, the Quebec government says Ontarians “have the same obligations as residents of Quebec with regard to compliance with the health rules in force in the different zones.”

The decision comes as the situation improves in both provinces and other pandemic-related restrictions have been relaxed in recent weeks.

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