Crossing the provincial boundary will be restricted in both directions as of Monday, April 19 as provincial governments attempt to get the COVID-19 variant situation under control.

On Friday evening, Québec public security minister and Vice-Premier Geneviève Guilbault announced that Québec will close its border with Ontario on Monday.  That afternoon, the Ontario government announced that it would be restricting travel into the province from Québec.

Guilbault said that the Québec government is in discussions with the Ontario government to coordinate the boundary checkpoints.

“The spread of the variants needs to be limited.  This is a question of security,” Guilbault said on Twitter Friday evening.

Locally, interprovincial traffic on the Long Sault Bridge in Hawkesbury and Highway 417/Autoroute 40 will be most affected, but Highway 401 and several municipal roads also cross the Ontario-Québec boundary by land between Pointe-Fortune in the north and Rivière Beaudette in the south.