Lifting roadblocks between Ottawa and Gatineau Monday

Levée des barrages routiers entre Ottawa et Gatineau lundi

Levée des barrages routiers entre Ottawa et Gatineau lundi

The ministry of public Health of Quebec announced on Friday that the access to the city of Gatineau and the MRC des Collines‑de‑l’outaouais will be allowed since the Ontario.

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May 15, 2020 18h35

Updated at 22h41

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Lifting roadblocks between Ottawa and Gatineau Monday

Levée des barrages routiers entre Ottawa et Gatineau lundi

Levée des barrages routiers entre Ottawa et Gatineau lundi

Jean-Simon Milette

The Right

The points of border controls interprovincial between Ottawa and Gatineau will be lifted as of Monday.

The ministry of public Health of Quebec announced on Friday that the access to the city of Gatineau and the MRC des Collines‑de‑l’outaouais will be allowed since the Ontario.

Many people with secondary residences in the Outaouais region will thus be able to go there freely as of next week.

The ministry recalls that “these re-openings are made possible thanks to the great discipline on the part of the population”.

The department indicates that this relaxation does not constitute “an incentive to encourage a greater number of moves” and that people should be limited to necessary travel.

The department will reassess the situation regularly to ensure that everything is running smoothly. In addition, it does not close the door to a return to these roadblocks, if there should be an upsurge of cases of COVID-19.

Remember that roadblocks had been erected on the five interprovincial bridges connecting the banks of the Ottawa and Gatineau on the 1st of April last.

Positive response from Watson

The mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, has responded positively to this announcement by the quebec government on Friday.

“I am pleased that the Quebec government has finally announced its decision to open the border between Ottawa and Gatineau. I still do not understand what has been accomplished, but I am pleased that the residents of both sides of the river are able to move freely”, he said through his Twitter account.

“It is a pity that they will not open the border before the end of the long weekend,” she said to Mr. Watson stating that the two municipalities continue to work together to ensure the safety of citizens.

Earlier this week, a man 70 years of age was arrested by the Ottawa police to have proliferated threats of death to members of the police force in gatineau residents.

The man had expressed his frustration stating that he was going to “shoot the police officers and their vehicles if the road checks related to the COVID-19 continued between Ottawa and Gatineau”, had indicated to the police officer in Gatineau, Andrée East.

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