Border Fines: PHAC cancels tickets to BC residents

OTTAWA – The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has “withdrawn” 16 of the 30 tickets it issued in error in the past 24 hours to BC residents returning from the U.S. and exempt from the Quarantine Act.

In a statement to CTVNews.ca, the agency said it is working to quickly review all cases involving travelers who had gone south to search for essential supplies due to supply chain problems in the province caused by extreme flooding .

“PHAC reviewed the 30 tickets issued in the region in the last 24 hours and withdrew 16; a total of 14 were duly issued. [Monday]”, Says a statement sent on Tuesday evening.

“PHAC continues to review all ballots issued since the onset of the emergency situation in BC to ensure that PHAC officers use their full discretion in deciding the best instrument to enforce the Quarantine Act “.

After speaking with his provincial counterparts, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair announced over the weekend that those living in border towns could pick up gas, food or medicine in the U.S. and return without presenting the PCR test. negative or quarantine.

However, some residents who followed the direction still received a fine of up to $ 5,750 for failing to comply with the rules.

Blair told reporters Tuesday that he has spoken with the president of the Canada Border Services Agency and clarified any confusion.

“This direction was given to the border service agencies, but it was clear that some clarification was needed and now it has been given,” he said.

The measure accelerates an already anticipated expiration of the PCR test for Canadians traveling abroad for less than 72 hours, which will begin on November 30th.

The PHAC added that any traveler who has received a ticket, and believes that his circumstances justified the use of the situation-related exemption in BC, should answer the ticket.

“The process for challenging a ticket received at the border is printed on the same ticket,” the statement says.

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