Canada says border closure and quarantine rules to remain so Canadians stay safe
Canada is not taking any chances when it comes to easing travel and quarantine restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the country has had three strict rules in place: a ban on foreigners from the U.S., a ban on all other foreigners (besides essential travellers), and a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering Canada.
While many are pleased with Canada's response to the global pandemic, others are urging the government to relax these restrictions as other countries did when the number of cases started to decline.
The travel and tourism industry, in particular, have argued that there are safe ways for Canada to begin lifting these rules. Executives from European airlines even sent the government a letter which read, in part:
"Canada has made tremendous strides in managing the pandemic — but it cannot remain isolated forever. We believe Canada can join our European governments in strategically re-opening to select, safe international destinations."
Despite all of this, things have not changed.
"We have introduced significant and universal border restrictions to keep Canadians safe," Public Health Agency of Canada spokesperson Natalie Mohamed told CBC.
"Entry prohibitions coupled with mandatory isolation and quarantine remain the most effective means of limiting the introduction of new cases of COVID-19 into Canada."
Mohamed also added that travel restrictions coincide with the provinces and territories and public health's capacity to handle COVID-19 outbreaks. They will remain in place as long as the disease is a threat, she said.
Even with these restrictions and a limited number of international flights entering the country, Canada is still dealing with travellers who have contracted COVID-19.
A total of 34 flights that arrived between Aug. 3 and Aug. 13 were found to have at least on confirmed case. On top of that, last week, health officials warned of a potential spike in the number of cases this fall.
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