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Police just charged a Florida couple for failing to self-isolate after entering Canada

A Florida couple has been charged by Ontario police after they reportedly failed to undergo a mandatory self-isolation for 14 days after entering Canada in early July.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) fined each person $1,000 under Canada’s Quarantine Act.

The 68-year-old and 70-year-old travellers came into Canada through Fort Erie to enjoy their seasonal property on July 3, per CBC News.

On July 9, OPP got a call from the Public Health Agency of Canada asking for assistance. Officers were asked to do a compliance check under the Quarantine Act in East Ferris Township.

According to CBC,  North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit is also involved and police say both people “are currently being monitored during isolation.”

The Canada-U.S. border is currently closed to all non-essential travel until at least August but American residents can cross the border if they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and meet certain eligibility criteria.

Foreign nationals flouting the mandatory isolation period can face a fine of up to $750,000, six months of jail time, and be removed from Canada and banned from entering for one year.

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