Two Americans charged after breaking Canada's quarantine laws

Jul 8 2020, 6:01 pm

Two Americans were charged after crossing the Canadian border and failing to quarantine.

According to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the two individuals entered the country from the United States through the Fort Frances port of entry on June 24, 2020.

They were told to drive to their destination and quarantine there for 14 days by the Canada Border Services Agency.

The two were instead allegedly seen making stops in the Town of Fort Frances, Ontario.

The individuals have been identified as David Sippell, 66, and Anne Sippell, 65, of Excelsior, Minnesota.

They have been charged with failure to comply with an order prohibiting or subjecting to any condition the entry into Canada, contrary to section 58 of the Quarantine Act.

The charge holds a fine of $1,000.

“The OPP remind the public to take the Federal Quarantine Act seriously. Legislation is in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public by mitigating risk of exposure,” the OPP said.

Canada made self-isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act in March.

The Quarantine Act’s purpose “is to protect public health by taking comprehensive measures to prevent the introduction and spread of communicable diseases.”

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