For the first time in the history of Canada the Quebec Ontario border will be closed for travellers trying to enter Quebec from Ontario and vice-versa starting Monday April 19, 2021 at midnight.
Quebec Deputy Premier Gennviève Guilbault made her announcement on social media this past Friday. Ontario Premier Doug Ford also stated he is closing the Ontario border.
Both provinces are very concerned about the large number of new cases of COVID-19 and the variants.
Quebec Deputy Premier said they are still in negotiations with Ontario to iron out all the specific details of the closers and who will be allowed to cross borders.
The Ontario exceptions for crossing the borders are:
- seeking medical care
- transporting goods
- indigenous treaty rights
- people going to work
Quebecers over the age 55 can receive AtraZeneca vaccine
Since last week the Montreal Public Health and provincial health authorities have been calling on Montrealers to get their first vaccination of AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot. Over 20,000 Montrealers have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to date.
Health Minister Christian Dubé hinted that the general population might be allowed to receive their first vaccine shot by the end of April if more Montrealers over the age of 55 receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. At this point the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is only allowed to be administered to the age group of 55 to 79 years of age.