Coronavirus: Americans slipping in Canada with phony story of going to Alaska
The Canada-U.S. border is supposed to be closed to all non-essential travel for another month.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called this the “right
thing” to do. He is cautioning that it could be months still before
non-essential travel is allowed.
But this has not stopped Americans who could have the coronavirus getting legal entry to visit Canada by claiming to Canadian border control officers that "they are on their way to Alaska".
One Texas family was seen wondering around Banff, Alberta which is in no way a thoroughfare to Alaska, U.S.A.
No one can exploit a loophole better than an American. Why do you think their contracts have such excessive fine print?
"They are now wandering around Banff, no masks, no distancing, no 14-day quarantine. There was also another similar incident same loophole used for another group of visitors from Seattle," the post reads. "This is more than alarming!"
When asked about the situation, the Canada Border Services Agency told CTV News that "healthy, non-symptomatic foreign nationals" are allowed to drive through Canada for "non-discretionary purposes," including going to Alaska.
"Transiting travellers will be asked to limit stops along the way and practice social distancing when making essential stops (i.e. facilities use)," said Ashley Lemire, media relations manager with the CBSA in an email.
"As per the handout provided upon entry into Canada, travellers should use a drive-thru to stop for food and pay for gas at the pump whenever possible. Additionally, for any period of time in which they are not travelling, for example, if required to spend the night in a hotel, then travellers are required to quarantine."