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Banff implementing COVID-19 checkstops to prevent visitors from stopping in town

People walk across a street in Banff, Alta., in Banff National Park, Friday, July 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Town of Banff is taking an extra step to keep residents safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by putting checkstops at its entrances.

Normally on a long weekend, people flock to the mountain town to take in the sights but with increased health protocols, the town wants to ensure drivers are aware that visitation to Banff is only acceptable for essential highway travellers.

“The Town of Banff is not closed. But these checkstops will inform people who are still unaware of the clear direction from all orders of government to stay close to home, in order to limit the risk of coming in contact with COVID-19,” Silvio Adamo, Banff’s Director of Emergency Management said.

“Travel significantly increases the possibility of contracting COVID-19 and spreading the virus to others, and it is completely avoidable for most people.”

Karen Sorenson, The Mayor of Banff, tweeted a video with the message “Calgary and area – we love ya, but we all need to stay home and safe in our communities.”

These stops are staffed by RCMP, Banff Peace Officers, and Firefighters whose focus will be to advise day-trip visitors about the public health directives.

Essential services such as trucking of food, trades, transportation services, and those requiring essential services such as refuelling while travelling through the national park, will be directed to proceed into town.