Canada’s fundamental airways have agreed to cancel service to the Caribbean and Mexico and the federal authorities is introducing new necessary quarantine guidelines because it tries to discourage worldwide journey.
This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat have agreed to droop service to some solar locations beginning this Sunday till April 30, and will likely be making preparations with their prospects who’re in these areas now to prepare flights dwelling.
“With the challenges we at present face with COVID-19, each right here at dwelling and overseas, all of us agree that now’s simply not the time to be flying,” stated Trudeau outdoors his dwelling at Rideau Cottage.
Beginning subsequent week, all worldwide passenger flights, together with from the U.S., will land on the Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports.
The prime minister stated as quickly as doable, probably within the coming weeks, the federal government will likely be introducing necessary PCR testing on the airport for individuals returning to Canada, on prime of the pre-boarding take a look at already required.
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Travellers will then have to attend as much as three days at an accepted resort for his or her take a look at outcomes, at their very own expense, which Trudeau stated is anticipated to be greater than $2,000.
These with a unfavorable take a look at will then be capable of end their 14-day quarantine at dwelling, with elevated surveillance. Chief Public Well being Officer Dr. Theresa Tam added that returnees may even be swabbed on day 10.
She additionally stated travellers who’ve been vaccinated overseas will nonetheless be topic to the quarantine guidelines, however added that is below dialogue.
“We all know that only one case of the variant that is available in may trigger important challenges and that is why we have to take further measures,” Trudeau stated.
“Sure, this can be very low, the proportion of circumstances which are traced again to worldwide journey, but it surely’s not zero.”
He additionally stated that, within the coming weeks, Canada will start requiring non-essential travellers to indicate a unfavorable take a look at earlier than entry on the land border with the U.S.
Ed Sims, president and CEO of WestJet, stated the federal authorities requested the airways to quickly shutter a few of their flights.
“The federal government requested, and we agreed,” stated Sims.
“Whereas we all know that air journey is liable for lower than two per cent of circumstances because the begin of the disaster, and even much less as we speak, we acknowledge the Authorities of Canada’s ask is a precautionary measure.”
When requested why different trip locations, together with Florida, aren’t a part of the suspensions, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra stated the federal government checked out the most well-liked places.
“There’s a voluntary settlement and understanding with the airways that it is best to droop their airways. Now for people who find themselves travelling to the U.S., they are going to be subjected to the identical necessities that we topic all arrivals to,” he stated.
“What we’re doing is we’re calling on all Canadians to cancel their flights, not simply to the Caribbean, not simply to Mexico, to all locations. The prime minister has been clear for some time. I am repeating it proper now, we’re calling on all Canadians to please cancel your trip.”
Friday’s transfer follows weeks of mounting political stress on the federal authorities to tighten up border journey.
Canada’s transfer is just not with out precedent. Australia has been requiring most travellers to quarantine at a government-arranged resort for 14 days for $2,800 AUD per grownup and $4,620 AUD for a household of 4.
The U.Okay. launched comparable measures on Thursday and now requires residents arriving from dozens of high-risk international locations to quarantine in lodges for 10 days at their very own expense.
Canada has had a ban on non-essential journey into the nation by anybody who is not a citizen or everlasting resident since March, however banning the stream of Canadians in and in another country is a thornier process.
Individuals who return from overseas for non-essential causes should quarantine for 2 weeks, or threat hefty monetary penalties or jail time — a measure that is additionally been in place since March.
As of earlier this month, most travellers should additionally present proof of a unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at earlier than arriving in Canada.