As of midnight on Monday, April 19, the Quebec/Ontario border will be closed to interprovincial travel for the foreseeable future. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the border closure last week "in order to limit the transmission of the variants of concern."\nHere's what you need to know if you're planning on crossing into Ontario any time soon. \nEditor's Choice: 5 Jobs To Apply To In Montreal If You're Hoping To Make Bank This Summer\n\nOther than essential travel such as "work, health care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights," Quebecers won't be allowed to enter Ontario. \nAccording to the Ontario Provincial Police, "every person entering Ontario from Quebec at any point along the border shall stop when instructed to do so by an enforcement official."\nOntario Regulation 293/21 also states that "the person entering Ontario shall provide any available identification or documentation requested by the enforcement official and answer any questions asked by the enforcement official to determine whether the person is complying."\n\nWhat is considered "essential travel?"\nOntario has provided an extensive list of what is considered "essential travel" under this new mandate.\nThese exceptions include: \n\nthe person’s principal residence is in Ontario;\nthe person is moving to Ontario in order to make their principal residence in Ontario;\nthe person is travelling through Ontario without unnecessary stops to reach their principal residence in another jurisdiction;\nthe person is travelling into or through Ontario by means of an international or interprovincial bus, train, ferry, or flight;\nthe person is travelling to perform work in Ontario;\nthe person is transporting goods into or through Ontario as part of the operation of a business that involves the transportation of goods;\nthe person’s health makes it necessary to travel into Ontario to obtain health care or social services;\nthe person is travelling in a vehicle that is transporting or that will transport a person in Ontario to or from a hospital or health care facility in Manitoba or Quebec;\nthe person is being transported from a hospital or health care facility in Manitoba or Quebec, whether by ambulance or by any other means;\nthe person must enter Ontario to exercise custody or access rights contained in an agreement;\nthe person must enter Ontario to comply with an order contained in a decision or judgment of a court or tribunal, or as otherwise required by law;\nthe person is travelling into Ontario for the purpose of exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right as recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982;\ntravel for the purpose of, preventing injury or illness to persons, preventing damage to property, or performing a necessary action to respond to the critical incident;\nif the travel is necessary for a humanitarian or compassionate reason, such as, providing care or services to a person who requires them due to their state of health, attending on a person who is dying, or attending a funeral.\n\n\nWhat did the governments have to say about it?\nOn Friday, Quebec deputy premier Geneviève Guilbault wrote on Twitter that "the propagation of variants must be limited" and that closing the border is "a matter of security."\nOntario Premier Doug Ford said that Ontario wants to "get ahead of the variants that are plaguing western Canada."\nOn April 18, Ontario reported 4,250 new COVID-19 cases, 2,906 more cases than Quebec reported on the same day.\n\n \nWill I be fined or arrested if I try to get into Ontario without an "essential" reason? \nThere are no hard rules about this as the OPP will be patrolling the border and turning away anyone who doesn't comply with the rules.\nAccording to regulations, "a person who is directed to return to Manitoba or Quebec shall promptly comply with the direction of the enforcement official."\n\nThis article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.