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Canada’s border agency said it was temporarily closing two ports of entry in the Atlantic region due to COVID-19.

The Canada Border Services Agency said the affected offices are in Bathurst, NB, and Charlottetown, PEI

CBSA spokeswoman Judith Gadbois-St-Cyr said the service in the offices is being suspended due to COVID-19 infections and close contacts among staff.

“They can not work when they are sick from home because they have to provide the service on site,” she said

Most of the staff at the two small offices were either tested positive or forced to isolate because of their proximity to someone who has COVID-19, she added.

Anyone attempting to enter Canada at these two ports of entry is asked to contact alternative CBSA offices for service. Those seeking service in Bathurst are asked to call the CBSA office in Moncton and speak to an officer there.

The agency said most services can be provided over the phone, although personal services may require one to travel to another office. The officers can also be deployed physically from other locations if necessary.

“Everyone can still come to Canada, but your business will be handled elsewhere,” Gadbois-St-Cyr said.

The closures are the first to hit Canada’s border agency since the start of the pandemic, and they come as the country has seen an increase in new infections driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Gadbois-St-Cyr said it is unknown whether other inlet closures may be on the way, but added that the agency is monitoring the situation and will keep the public updated on any further changes.

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