Canadian Police Have Made Over 2000 House Calls To Make Sure People Are Quarantined

They're cracking down on returning travellers.
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Quarantine Act Canada Has In Place Is Actually Being Enforced With Police Visits

If you travel back into the country, you might have the police knocking at your door. The Quarantine Act Canada has in place is actually being enforced nationwide. Police officers have made thousands of visits to check on returning travellers.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with the RCMP and other law enforcement across the country to make sure that returning travellers are complying with the Quarantine Act.

That's based on information travellers give at the border.

PHAC confirmed to Narcity that there have been 2,198 referrals sent to the RCMP as of May 13.

Nunavut is the only place in the country to have no referrals.

Information given by people returning to Canada is shared on a daily basis with the RCMP's National Operations Centre and that's sent to local law enforcement.

Currently, only four tickets have been issued under the Contraventions Act for offences under the Quarantine Act.

However, that doesn't mean there were only four people breaking the laws. Even if police officers find someone in violation, they might not be given tickets and instead be dealt with in different ways.

According to PHAC, the effectiveness of the measures put in place can't be judged based on how many tickets are given out. The agency stated that it's shown through the fact that travel-related cases have dropped significantly.

According to the CBC, the Canada Border Services Agency alerts PHAC if there is suspicion that a traveller won't comply with the Quarantine Act.

Ontario has the highest number of RCMP referrals of any of the provinces or territories with 705 referrals.

That's followed by Alberta with 299, Quebec with 294 and B.C. with 254.

Followed by that, Manitoba has seen 176 referrals, Saskatchewan has seen 159, P.E.I has seen 134, Nova Scotia has seen 130 and New Brunswick has seen 107.

Newfoundland & Labrador is the province with the lowest number of referrals at just 20 as of May 13.

With the territories, there have been 16 referrals in Yukon, four in the Northwest Territories and none in Nunavut.

Nunavut still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Justin Trudeau announced on April 14 that travellers who can't explain a credible quarantine plan will be required to stay in a hotel.

Canada's Quarantine Act came into effect back in March which makes it mandatory for people coming into Canada to isolate for 14 days upon their arrival.

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