There’s been another escalation to try and limit the spread of COVID-19 in our country. Canada's travel advisory warns against all non-essential international travel amid the pandemic. So you should reconsider any plans to leave the country.
On March 13, it was announced that the government is suggesting people either postpone or cancel any non-essential trips they might have abroad.
"Canada has advised Canadians to curtail non-essential international travel," Trudeau said during a press conference outside of his home where he's in self-isolation.
He also said that a full travel ban has not been ruled out and will make any further decisions based on science and the advice of healthcare professionals.
Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said the government is also advising all travellers from all countries to self-isolate for 14 days after they return to Canada.
During a separate press conference, she said that the travel advisory "means reconsidering your vacations. By making the choice to stay at home and not travel outside of Canada, you are protecting yourself, your family and doing your part to slow the spread of the virus."
She also said that it’s time for events to be cancelled.
This is a significant upgrade from earlier advisories that were country-specific and regarding cruise ship travel.
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Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau also announced during the conference that overseas international flights coming into Canada will be restricted to a smaller number of airports.
Cruise ships with more than 500 passengers will also be banned from docking in Canada until July, according to Trudeau.
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When it comes to going to other provinces, Trudeau said that "people need to make responsible decisions" and check with medical professionals about what makes sense for them.
He also had encouraging words for Canadians saying "We will get through this together."
Trudeau said that his family is following medical advice when it comes to COVID-19 and that all Canadians should do the same.
His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has tested positive for the virus but the prime minister hasn't shown any symptoms as of yet.