Canada Can Force Travellers To Stay At Hotels If Their Quarantine Plan Isn't Good Enough
The stricter measures start tonight.
There are new rules to know about. Mandatory quarantine in Canada for travellers returning from abroad is getting stricter, specifically for those who don't have an acceptable quarantine plan. If they don't have one, one will be put into place for them.
On April 14, the Prime Minister announced new, strengthened measures being taken when it comes to people entering the country from other countries.
"If you've come back to Canada from abroad, as of today, we are strengthening measures," Trudeau said.
During his daily press conference, he told Canadians about what exactly that includes.
"Now, if asymptomatic travellers cannot explain a credible quarantine plan, they will be required to quarantine in a hotel," he continued.
This applies to people who come back to Canada and aren't showing any symptoms of COVID-19 but don't have an adequate plan for quarantine.
Trudeau went on to give examples of an insufficient quarantine, like if someone is planning to stay where there are elderly family members or if they don't even have a set destination which is possible if they've been out of the country for years.
This new measure comes into effect at 12:00 a.m. on April 15.
It's an order made under the Quarantine Act and gives the government authority to isolate people for two weeks in a quarantine location like a hotel.
Back on March 25, Chrystia Freeland, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Patty Hajdu, the Minister of Health,that all people coming to Canada had to isolate themselves as soon as they got here.
"We have for some time now been urgently advising people coming into Canada to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return," Freeland said then. "We have decided that now is the time to make that measure mandatory."
The new measure now coming into effect is an addition to those provisions set out in the Quarantine Act.
That act is meant to protect public health through measures to prevent the spread of diseases. With that, the government has the power to fine or jail travellers who don't comply with the 14-day isolation period.
And theare pretty hefty.
There are fines of up to $1,000,000 and jail time of up to six months or three years depending on what part of the act is not followed.