Out-of-province property owners are being reminded that they cannot enter Ontario to visit their property.
This message comes after dozens of social media posts indicated that as of Saturday, the OPP would no longer be enforcing the interprovincial travel restrictions that came into effect on April 19.
"[Out-of-province] citizens are still not allowed to attend their cabins for leisure or for the weekend," explained OPP Community Services and Media Relations Officer, Jason Canfield.
"People will be turned back at the border if they are heading in for the weekend," Canfield added.
The interprovincial travel restrictions came into effect on April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. CST at the Ontario border with Quebec and Manitoba, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the province deals with the crippling third of COVID-19.
Enforcement officials are set up on roadways, at interprovincial points of entry, to screen incoming vehicles. All vehicles will be required to slow down as they approach the checkpoints.
Commercial vehicles, such as transport trucks, will be permitted to pass. Ontario-plated passenger vehicles will be required to enter the checkpoint, but will be allowed to proceed. Officers will be screening incoming passenger vehicles with out-of-province plates to determine the reason for entering Ontario.
Permitted reasons include, but are not limited to:
- Live/work in Ontario
- Health care matters
- Indigenous Treaty Rights
- Child care or custody matters
- Transportation of goods
- Those travelling through Ontario to another location
As of Saturday morning, construction workers building cabins and doing work on recreational properties will be able to cross the border to complete the projects.