An American tourist could be hooked on the Canadian government to the tune of half a million dollars for illegally crossing the border more than once.
John Pennington, of Walton, Ky., Has more than once violated Canada’s travel restrictions for COVID-19 to travel to Banff National Park in June.
Pennington was traveling from Alaska and heading for the southern border of Canada when he stopped at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff National Park, which is currently off-limits to American travelers – taking advantage of what is now called the “Alaska fault” and, in turn, violating the Canadian Quarantine Act.
Canada’s southern border between the country and the United States is closed to American travelers, except those traveling to and from Alaska.
Those traveling to Alaska must take the most direct route and are not permitted to visit national parks or tourist sites. These travelers are identified by American license plates and by labels affixed to the mirrors indicating the date by which they must leave Canada.
“The vast majority of Americans and vehicles with US license plates are people who are here for legitimate reasons,” a Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant told CBC.
Pennington was ordered to pay a $ 900 fine and stay at his hotel until the next day when he was due to leave. However, after she left, Pennington was spotted at another nearby tourist spot. This time he was arrested and is now due to appear in Canadian court in November. His fine could amount to more than $ 500,000.
Several other Americans have reportedly been arrested for breaking the rules, however, Pennington is the only one to have been apprehended for multiple violations.