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Snowboarder Fined Over A $1,000 For Breaking Canadian Quarantine


~ Patience Is A Virtue ~

There are many among us that have such a passion for snow sports that patience is easily kicked aside for the opportunity to get on the hill. Why wait? Unfortunately, when it comes to quarantine and travel restrictions in the days of COVID-19, patience is not only a virtue, but it will keep one out of trouble and from paying fines.

The waiting game got the better of a man who had entered Canada from the United States. According to a CBC News report, this man could not wait any longer to head up to the slopes of Whistler, B.C., and broke quarantine two days early.

It is being reported that a West Vancouver police officer noticed the man's car traveling on the Sea-to-Sky Highway with California plates. This could have been fine. However, the man's plates were expired, which is what lead to the traffic stop.

During the stop, the officer came to learn that the man had recently entered British Columbia from the United States. From there, the officer contacted public health officials and the Canada Border Services Agency, which lead to the confirmation that the man still had two days left on his quarantine.

The Quarantine Act states that all travelers entering Canada, no matter their citizenship, must isolate and quarantine for two weeks. 

The man was sent back home and fined $1,150 for his day on the road. Obviously, he never made it to the slopes.

It has also not been confirmed if his quarantine time starts over, having interacted with the outside world, or if he only has to wait the two days before heading out to Whistler.

Photo: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C. - Credit: Ruth Hartnup from Vancouver, Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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