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The federal government says border guards have been told British Columbia residents can cross into the Unites States for “essential” supplies and return to Canada without showing proof of a negative PCR-test for COVID-19.

The exemption was implemented in an attempt to alleviate pressure on the provinces’ gas supply following an order limiting fuel purchases to 30 litres for “non-essential vehicles.”

Despite the exemptions approval from Ottawa, several dozen BC residents were fined upon returning to Canada, even though they informed Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) border guards the trip fell within the parameters of the exemption.

The $5,700 fines are expected — although not yet guaranteed — to be waived by the federal government upon review with CBSA confirming confusion has been cleared up.

CBSA says the exemptions do not apply to “non-essential travel,” such as driving down to visit family.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

Reporter (BC)

Reid Small is a BC Reporter for the Western Standard and West Coast Standard based in the Vancouver Bureau. He has worked as a freelance photojournalist and in independent media.

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