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

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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.

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.

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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.”

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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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