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Calls increase for premier to enforce physical checkpoints between B.C. and Alberta

Last Updated Apr 28, 2021 at 1:06 am PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A petition calling on B.C.’s Premier to strengthen inter-provincial border controls has gained thousands of signatures.

Advocate Melody Ma says putting up signs along the Alberta border discouraging non-essential travel is “simply not enough” to keep the COVID-19 virus out of our province.

“Implement enforced checkpoints at interprovincial borders — whether that is by land, air or sea so that unnecessary travel into and out of B.C. is stopped,” Ma says. “Enforce the 14-day mandatory self-isolation quarantine for people travelling into B.C. — very similar to how you would ask people to self-quarantine for international travel. So that is what we need in B.C. in terms of interprovincial border controls.”

She says we should treat travel within Canada the same as international travel during this third wave.

So far, over 5,500 people have signed the petition.

“People are angry. People want stronger travel restrictions … And people are seeing that people are dying every day. Babies are dying, parents are dying, grandparents are dying. How many more people need to die before we actually take substantial action.”