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Albertans going into B.C. for long weekend won't be stopped for COVID-19 checks: RCMP

Last Updated May 21, 2021 at 1:39 pm MDT

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VANCOUVER – The RCMP in B.C. will be increasing COVID-19 road checks this long weekend, hoping to keep people from taking a non-essential trip outside their health zone.

But what about those who typically travel in from Alberta?

“There aren’t any current restrictions in place that restrict travel from Alberta into B.C.,” said Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet.

She says while Albertans are certainly discouraged from coming to B.C., the four road checks going up this weekend are not intended to keep them away.

And no stops will be set up at the Alberta-B.C. border.

“They could potentially be stopped for reasons other than COVID-related reasons.”

She says in someone if coming in from Alberta, they’re encouraged to stay within one health zone.

“We’re really encouraging every bodyto stay local, and that includes our neighbors in Alberta,” she said.

Over 2,000 vehicles were stopped at RCMP road checks in B.C. last weekend, a big jump from the weekend before.

The fine for those defying the ban on non-essential travel in that province is $575.