British Columbia releases details on road checks to limit non-essential travel – April 30, 2021
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In Vancouver, B.C. public safety minister and solicitor general Mike Farnworth provides an update on how police road checks will be used to enforce the province’s restrictions on limiting non-essential travel. Road checks will be set up on highway corridors that connect regions, but not in areas such as downtown Vancouver. Police are authorized to ask drivers the reason for their travel, along with their name, address, and driver’s licence, but documentation proving the reason for travel will not be required. Passengers in the vehicle will not be asked for documentation. Police will not be making random individual stops and fines of $575 can be issued to people who leave their region for non-essential travel. The province announced on April 23 that new restrictions including road checks would be in place until May 25, 2021, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern. The order combines B.C.’s five health authorities into three regions.