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VIDEO: Roadblocks ahead

British Columbians have been told to cancel their pleasure trips and stay in their home communities.

In an effort to curb the spike in COVID-19 cases, the public health order will be backed with roadblocks in key locations including the Trans Canada Highway and ferry terminals.

Violators will face fines, according to the Premier.

Is it the right move at the right time?

Or is it too authoritarian?

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has tried to counter that perception.

“Our intention is to discourage recreational and leisure travel," he said, "not punish people."

But the plans are almost certain to draw legal challenges from civil libertarians.

Public opinion is split. On the streets of Kelowna, it's easy to find people who see this is the province taking its powers too far.

"I don't think we need an imposition like that put on us," said one man. "I think it's an infringement on our rights," said another.

But others see it as necessary given the state of the pandemic.

"If I have to sacrifice for two or three weeks I'm willing to do it," reasoned one senior. "I'm okay with it," said another.

"I love where I am, our family is here and we're going to make the best of it."

More details about the non-essential travel ban are expected Friday.

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