The federal government of Canada has issued a warning against all international travel. They have also decided to limit inbound flights as some additional measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking about this, PM Justin Trudeau said that, aside from the issuing travel advisory, the federal government is also taking steps to prevent infections.
“We are looking to reduce the number of airports that will accept travelers from overseas in order to be able to give the proper resources on all arrivals to ensure we’re doing everything we can to keep Canadians and Canada safe,” he said.
We’re also, obviously, looking at countries of origin and further measures we can take. We will make those decisions based on the best science, the best recommendations of our health officials.”
The airports that will take inbound flights have not been identified.
They announced a series of other new measures to limit the spread of COVID-19:
International flights will only be permitted to land at a smaller number of airports. Those locations have not yet been announced.
Boats and cruise ships carrying more than 500 people will be banned from docking at Canadian ports until July.
All travelers arriving in Canada from international points are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution. People arriving from Hubei, China, Iran, and Italy already have been asked to self-isolate.
“Canada is now advising against all international travel to limit the spread of the virus. We warn that travelers could be subject to another country’s travel or quarantine restrictions, and if they become sick, could be in a health care system that is inferior to Canada’s system, said Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam.
Tam also urged Canadians to take extra steps to limit the spread of the virus.
“One way to do that is through social distancing. Social distancing is an important contribution that everyone can make to our control efforts,” she said during a press conference this morning.
“We’ve had a very good, solid effort at containing the spread of the disease in Canada. But given that there is increased travel happening over the next several weeks, and given that we’re at a critical time in keeping our cases down, this is the determination that public health has provided us” Health Minister Patty Hajdu said.
“This means avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings, considering shopping or taking public transport in off-peak hours and greeting one another with a wave or elbow instead of a handshake, kiss or hug. Where possible, increase social distancing with others to two arms’ length, approximately two meters.”