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Americans Can Be Fined Up To $750K For Violating Canada's No-visiting Rule

As the world knows, Canadians are very polite people. We say “sorry” a lot and we try not to upset people. But sometimes, we have to be rude. You Americans have an idiot with weird hair and fake tan for a leader. Canada has a compassionate and good looking prime minister with nice hair as a leader. And, he is very polite.

Canada has COVID 19 under control – for the most part. The USA COVID 19 is OUT OF CONTROL which is not our fault and we are therefore asking you very politely, stay the f##k home.

The following is credited to CBC.ca

The Canada Border Services Agency is tightening up the rules for Americans and other foreign nationals traveling through Western Canada on the way to Alaska, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Friday the 31st of August, foreign nationals traveling to Alaska for non-discretionary purposes will only be allowed to enter the country through five border crossings in Western Canada. Each visitor will be allowed a “reasonable period of stay” to make the journey but will be limited to following “the most direct route” to Alaska, according to a CBSA press release. They must avoid all national parks, leisure sites, and tourism activities along the way, and must report to Canadian border officers when they leave the country.

Every driver will be given a tag to hang from their rear-view mirror “to support compliance,” the press release says. That tag will include the date by which they must leave Canada. B.C. Premier John Horgan praised the new rules in a statement Thursday, thanking the federal government for listening to the concerns of people living in his province.”We look forward to the day when our borders are open and we can welcome travelers from all over but we aren’t there yet,” he said.

John Streicker, Yukon’s minister of community services, called the new rules “great news.” “We had actually encouraged this,” he said. “A lot of conversations that I have with Yukoners are around concerns about Americans in transit and how to make sure that that situation can be safer.”Right now, Americans are allowed 24 hours to drive through Yukon on their way to or from Alaska, and they’re required to stick to a designated route. There have been concerns, though, that some travelers aren’t following the rules. On Wednesday, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver said territorial officials have received hundreds of complaints about people violating COVID-19 restrictions, and many of those complaints are about travelers from outside the territory. Streicker said the new CBSA rules will make it easier to keep track of people coming and going from Yukon and Canada.”I think it makes the overall system better,” he said.

Nervous about driving a U.S.-registered car in B.C.? Change your plates or take transit, premier advises. The rules state that anyone traveling to Alaska must cross at one of the following locations: Abbotsford-Huntingdon (British Columbia)Coutts (Alberta)Kingsgate (British Columbia)North Portal (Saskatchewan)Osoyoos (British Columbia)

They’ll also be given a handout explaining that while traveling through Canada, they must stick to the following rules:

Avoid contact with others. Remain in their vehicle whenever possible. Not stop except when necessary. Practise physical distancing. Pay at the pump for gas. Use a drive-thru to order food. Wear a mask or face covering. Use good hygiene in rest areas.

Failure to comply with the rules could lead to fines of up to $750,000 and six months in jail. If a traveler causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm by violating the rules, the potential consequences could be as severe as $1 million in fines and three years in prison.

There has been growing anger in Canada over U.S. plates seen in most provinces. The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travelers since March 21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout that time, American travelers have been permitted to drive through Canada on their way to Alaska for necessary purposes including work and going to their primary residence.

Travelers have been encouraged to bring documentation proving the reasons for their trips through Canada.  As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths has surged in the U.S. in recent weeks, there’s been growing anger in many parts of Canada over the presence of cars with American license plates in some communities.RCMP fined 7 Americans last week for stopping to sightsee in Banff National Park.  People driving cars with U.S. plates say they’ve endured vandalism and harassment from Canadians convinced that they’re Americans illegally in Canada who might potentially spread the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

There are several legitimate reasons why drivers of cars with U.S. plates could be in Canada — they could be essential workers, have immediate family in Canada, or be Canadian citizens or residents. The Canada-U.S. border is currently set to remain closed to non-essential traffic until August the 21st when it will be reviewed. 

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