U.S. citizen John Pennington faces a fine of $ 568,000 for twice violating quarantine orders while crossing Canada, apparently by attempting to exploit a loophole in Canada’s border policy against COVID-19. As has been the case since March 20, the United States and Canada have jointly restricted all non-essential travel across its borders. While there are exceptions for Commerce, Commerce, and Labor, the policy is pretty clear (and it was extended and updated on August 14).
However, Americans (without COVID, of course) can enter Canada if they are going to Alaska… as long as they are not passing through national parks, recreation sites or tourist sites.
These are the rules. But authorities have been called in for two separate travel offenses by Pennington in Banff National Park in Alberta, with the first transgression earning a four-figure fine and the second requiring a court date in the future, where that fine could hit the high six figures and put Pennington. in prison for up to six months.
As the Unofficial Networks report points out, Canada always handles international incidents a little more pleasantly than we do. “Pennington was escorted out of park boundaries and told to continue on his journey,” they wrote.
That said, some Canadians take Americans crossing the border sneakily.
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