British Columbia Sun

Flood-affected B.C. citizens require to go to the U.S., exempt from covid-test

Key takeaways: 

  • Exceptions don’t refer to non-essential travel, the general update announced Sunday. 
  • Cars near the U.S. border at Peace Arch Border Crossing in Surrey, B.C. on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, for the initial period after the start of the covid 19 outbreak. 

The latest orders by the federal update: 

Citizens in B.C. border areas who need gas and other basic goods will be permitted to pass the border to the U.S. and return without needing a COVID-19 test or isolating, whether they are shot or not, a federal update on the flooding in the region was reported Sunday.

Bill Blair, federal minister of emergency preparedness, delivered at a news gathering simultaneously with other federal ministers of national defence, transport, employment and environment who are components of the Incident Response Group.

“People are concerned about crossing the border because of the COVID restrictions that are in place,” stated Blair, reckoning he chatted with B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth around worries over fuel lacks. 

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Blair stated Farnworth asked if people who stay near to border areas would be ready to go into the U.S. to feed their wheels, and upon their arrival be free from having to get a molecular test for the infection, after the region inflicted limitations on gas that inspired long lines and fear purchasing at gas stations in Metro Vancouver.

“This is something that I believe can be accommodated under the exemption regulations that currently exist,” Blair stated, a week later B.C. was first struck with flooding. Source –

“But to be very clear, those exemptions do not apply to non-essential travel. It does apply to people who are required to travel over into the United State to access essential goods and services, but it does not include family trips, vacations or other types of tourist activity.” Source –

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