Roadblocks on Highways 1, 3, 5 and 99 to ensure no non-essential travel between three regions

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The B.C. RCMP will set up COVID-19 travel checkpoints on four highways, starting Thursday.

B.C. RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said the checkpoints would be on Highway 1, near Boston Bar, Highway 3 in the Manning Park area, Highway 5 in the Old Toll Booth area, and Highway 99 in the Lillooet area.

Shoihet said there would be notification signage before each road check, with u-turn routes.

“People travelling for essential reasons through those areas can expect traffic delays,” she said. Commercial vehicles will not be subject to road checks.

Shoihet said there was a ban on non-essential travel between the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and North/Interior due to COVID-19.

This was announced by Premier John Horgan two weeks ago as the province’s third wave was peaking. It outlaws inter-health region travel under the Emergency Program Act.

At the road check, police officers will ask for identification from drivers, documentation regarding the driver’s name and address, and the purpose for the driver’s travel.

If an officer determines that a person is travelling for non-essential reasons, they will be directed to leave the region. Those refusing to do so may face fines under the

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