As of midnight, Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu will be using powers under the Quarantines Act to impose a mandatory 14-day period of isolation on all people coming into Canada, with the exception of essential workers.
While updating the Senate on Wednesday, Hadju said travellers exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to use public transit. “This new measure will provide the clarity for those re-entering the country about the essential need to self-isolate,” Hadju told the Senate. “Individuals who exhibit symptoms upon arrival in Canada will be forbidden, also, from using public transit to travel to their places of isolation.” Hadju said they will make alternative arrangements for people in those circumstances. The exception comes for travellers deemed, essential.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said officials will collect contact information at the border for following-up purposes. Detailed information on the government’s quarantine enforcement is expected later today.