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Ontario to reopen borders with Manitoba and Quebec Wednesday

Ontario Provincial Police check travellers entering Ontario from Quebec in Hawkesbury, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

The Ford government says it will not extend the closure of Ontario’s borders with Manitoba and Quebec past it’s current expiry date of June 16.

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said the order will expire at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday “at which time individuals will be able to enter Ontario via its interprovincial land and water borders.”

“Those entering Ontario must continue to follow the public health measures in place in the province,” she added.

Jones said the decision comes after the province’s successful transition to Step One of the “Roadmap to Reopen” plan and was approved by the chief medical officer of health.

The closure went into effect on April 19 and prohibited travel into Ontario from Manitoba and Quebec with some exceptions, including if the person’s principal residence was in Ontario, the person was moving to Ontario or the person was working or studying in the province.