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Canada to extend 14 day quarantine rule just as it was about to end

Canada isn't about to let the 14 day quarantine rule end just yet. Canadians who return from abroad will still be required to continue self-isolating for 14 days upon entry.

The strict mandatory quarantine rules for returning Canadians were first introduced on March 25 and originally due to expire at 11:59 p.m. ET Tuesday.

New reports have now suggested that the government will be announcing an extension of the emergency measures tomorrow.

"It is the intention of the government to continue the 14-day mandatory self-isolation under the federal Quarantine Act," said a senior government official, confirming the news to CBC.

Under the order, all returning Canadians are required to self-isolate in an adequate place for 14 days. They are also required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings while in transit, and forbidden to stop along their way home.

Once in isolation, travellers are asked to report any symptoms of COVID-19 to health officials.

Penalties for failing to comply with the Quarantine Act include a fine of up to $750,000 or prison.

It has not yet been confirmed how long the measures will be extended for. 

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Sean Dawson

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