Ottawa announces flight suspension and hotel quarantine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has finally unveiled additional measures to deter Canadians from taking pleasure travel despite COVID-19.

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Many of the Liberal leader’s provincial counterparts, like François Legault, had been showing signs of impatience for days.

“Today I can announce that from Sunday, flights between Canada and the sun destinations, specifically the Caribbean and Mexico, will be suspended until April 30,” he said on Friday. press outside his residence at Rideau Cottage.

This includes flights from Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat, with which Ottawa has colluded. Trudeau did not say whether the airlines would be compensated for the measure, simply saying that his government is continuing discussions for measures to help the sector.

The Prime Minister also announced that returning vacationers will soon have to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport before starting a quarantine in a hotel, for a fee of approximately $ 2,000. ‘they will have to pay.

If their test is negative, they will be able to continue their isolation at home after a few days. If it is positive, returned travelers will spend the rest of their quarantine at a public health facility.

This is to “make sure they are not carrying a new variant of the virus,” the prime minister said.

The measures concerning compulsory testing and supervised quarantine will come into force “as soon as possible in February”.

As of January 7, Canadians returning from the Strange must also have a negative COVID-19 result on hand before boarding their return flight.

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