ONTARIO — For months travel across Ontario’s borders has been restricted to essential travellers in order to keep the spread of COVID-19 contained. However, with cases of the virus decreasing and the third wave on the out, Ontario and its surrounding provinces have announced the restrictions will finally come to an end.
The ban on non-essential travellers between Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba is due to end at 12:01 AM, Wednesday, June 16th. That means people will be able to enjoy a change of scenery this summer, as long as the case count continues to decrease.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson weighed in on the decision by stating that he is pleased that the restrictions are coming to an end. He went on to criticize Premier Ford for putting the restrictions in place to begin with, citing wasted police resources.
Proponents of opening the provincial borders hope that doing so will reinvigorate economies that rely on tourism this summer, and that Manitobans and Quebecers alike will return to Ontario’s campgrounds for a better season than the last.