An American is to pay half a million dollars for violating the quarantine in Canada

An American is to pay half a million dollars for violating the quarantine in Canada
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The Canadian authorities intend to put a fine to an American tourist in the amount of half a million dollars for violating the quarantine rules two times in a row, Travel and Leisure reports.

A Kentucky resident John Pennington traveled from Alaska to the continental United States in June. During the trip, he stayed twice in one of the hotels in the Canadian national Park Banff, which is closed to Americans due to the pandemic. The hotel staff passed information about the guest to the authorities.  

Due to an increase in the number of COVID cases in the United States, Canada closed its southern border on March 21. Travelers traveling through its territory from Alaska to the United States should use the shortest routes. They are not allowed to stay in hotels or visit national parks.

Finding the American in the hotel, the Canadian police issued him a fine of 900 dollars. The guest was allowed to spend the night, forbidden to leave the premises, and in the morning he was obliged to leave Canada. However, he was spotted at Banff national Park.

Pennington told the police that he went out to buy food for breakfast, but they didn't believe it since there were several restaurants in the hotel.

The violator was arrested and is due to appear in the Canadian court in November. He faces a fine of about half a million dollars or a six-month prison sentence.

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