Coronavirus: Federal Government Cracks Down on Americans Using “Alaska Rift” to Enter Canada
“They were supposed to go straight to the Peace Arch border post, they didn’t,” Farnworth said.
“This is not a game, and we have been very clear that the Americans have been told they have to follow these rules.
“And clearly, in this case, the family chose not to and, therefore, they face the consequences and must pay a penalty.”
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Crackdown on Americans Using “Alaska Rift” to Enter Canada
The family were escorted by authorities to the Peace Arch border crossing and “dropped off” in the United States, Farnworth said.
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The family was fined $ 2,000 under the Quarantine Act, according to BC RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts.
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The law provides for fines of up to $ 750,000 in fines and / or jail terms of up to six months, and a number of US citizens have been fined $ 1,200 for vacation in the Rockies of Alberta.
The federal government implemented new regulations at the end of August aimed at cracking down on the so-called “Alaska loophole.”
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Under the rules, U.S. citizens are still allowed to transit through Canada between Alaska and the lower 48 states, but can only use five crossings south and must take the most direct route to their destination, not stopping only for essentials, such as gasoline, food and sleep.
They are also prohibited from traveling in national parks, recreation sites and tourist sites.
Travelers in transit are given a “hang tag” for their rear-view mirror, with information on when they entered the country and when they expected to leave.
It was just such a label that resulted in the capture of the American family. Roberts said a Canada Border Services Agency saw the tag in the vehicle, which bore an Alaskan license plate, and called public health officials.
Public health notified Vancouver police, who attended and confirmed the family was in violation of regulations.
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Farnworth said the family’s actions were disappointing as they threatened to erode British Columbia’s progress in the fight against COVID-19.
“It’s unfortunate that these people want to spoil it for everyone and put others in danger,” he said.
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