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An American Traveler Faces $500K In Fines After Breaking Canada's COVID Rules TWICE
If doing the most was a person.
In June, Kentucky resident John Pennington decided to make his way to Canada to sneak into Banff National Park.
This is significant because we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and Canada has implemented strict quarantine rules for American travelers who cross the borders.
Pennington was traveling from Alaska back into the continental United States when he made a pitstop at one of the park’s luxury resorts. While crossing into Canada is allowed for those who are traveling from Alaska to the continental United States, passing through national parks or tourist attractions is strictly prohibited.
The hotel notified Pennington that he was in violation of the rules and told him to quarantine in his room until his checkout the following morning. He was issued a $900 ticket for the initial violation.
When it was time to leave the area, he was found roaming around a popular tourist area, Sulphur Mountain.
Police arrested him and he tried to say that he was only there looking for food. But, authorities say there were fast food and quick grab-n-go options just outside of the resort.
Pennington must now appear in Canadian court this November, where he is facing the possibility of paying more than $500,000 in fines and up to six months in jail.
Let this serve as a reminder, these countries are not playing about their quarantine rules. Especially when it comes to American travelers.