Hotel quarantine for travellers begins Feb. 22, says Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday unveiled new rigorous restrictions for travellers as it will become mandatory for everyone arriving in Canada to quarantine in a hotel starting Feb. 22.
Speaking to reporters today outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau said that all air and land border travellers arriving in Canada will have to pay for a hotel quarantine beginning Monday, Feb. 22.
The new measures are in response to the arrival of new variants for which $53M has been allocated to fighting the variants that are more communicable.
Should the test come back negative, the individual will be allowed to spend the rest of their 14-day quarantine at home, with the government promising “increased surveillance and enforcement.” If the test is positive, the individual will have to continue their quarantine in a government facility.
Previously, all travellers were mandated to quarantine at home for 14 days, but were not routinely tested upon arrival. The government introduced another measure earlier this year requiring individuals to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of departing for Canada.
The Prime Minister also assured every Canadian who wants to be vaccinated by September, will be able to with a combination of 84 million doses from both Pfizer and Moderna by that date.