The Ontario-Manitoba border checkpoint and restrictions on non-essential travel will remain in place until further notice.

That message was reinforced on Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford's Facebook page after a misleading email and social media campaign was launched over the weekend.

The campaign claimed that MPP Rickford was asking area residents and out-of-province cottage owners to send him their names and where their cottages are, so he could approach Premier Ford and lobby for change.

The MPP has not made this request.

"This step has been taken to reduce mobility and the spread of COVID-19. As evidenced by the continued increase in COVID-19 in both Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, we all need to play our part in reducing the risk at this time," read a part of a post on the MPP's Facebook page.

The interprovincial travel restrictions came into effect on April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. CST at the Ontario border with Quebec and Manitoba, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the province deals with the crippling third of COVID-19.

Enforcement officials are set up on roadways, at interprovincial points of entry, to screen incoming vehicles. All vehicles will be required to slow down as they approach the checkpoints. Commercial vehicles, such as transport trucks, will be permitted to pass. Ontario-plated passenger vehicles will be required to enter the checkpoint, but will be allowed to proceed. Officers will be screening incoming passenger vehicles with out-of-province plates to determine the reason for entering Ontario. Permitted reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • Live/work in Ontario
  • Health care matters
  • Indigenous Treaty Rights
  • Child care or custody matters
  • Transportation of goods
  • Those travelling through Ontario to another location

Out-of-province cottage owners will also be turned away, unless said cottage is their principal residence or they are travelling to prevent damage to their property.

The MPP's Facebook post went on to say, "We will look forward to welcoming our friends and neighbours from Manitoba, and beyond, back with open-arms; once we get through this. For a few weeks of staying at home now, we will hopefully return to enjoyable times at the lake and camps this summer."