COVID-19: Roadside travel checks to start in B.C. on Thursday

Roadblocks on Highways 1, 3, 5 and 99 to ensure no non-essential travel between three health regions

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The B.C. RCMP will set up COVID-19 travel restriction road checks on four highways starting on Thursday.

In a prepared statement, B.C. RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said there was a ban on non-essential travel between the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and North/Interior due to COVID-19.

The “COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Road Checks” will be located on Highway 1, near Boston Bar, Highway 3 in the Manning Park area, Highway 5 in the Old Toll Booth area, and Highway 99 in the Lillooet area.

Shoihet said there would be signage before each road check advising of the upcoming stop, with safe u-turn routes close by.

“People travelling for essential reasons through those areas can expect traffic delays,” she said.

Commercial vehicles will not be subject to road checks.

At the road check, police officers will ask for identification from drivers, documentation regarding the driver’s name and address, and the purpose for the driver’s travel.

If an officer determines that a person is travelling for non-essential reasons, they will be directed to leave the region. Those refusing to do so may face fines under the Emergency Program Act.

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