Justin Trudeau closes Canada’s borders, except to the Americans

Canadian borders will be closed to all who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents. There will however be certain exceptions, notably for Americans.
The e premier Justin Trudeau has made the announcement Monday afternoon, at the door of his residence, where he continues his voluntary isolation, his wife who contracted Covid-19.

Trudeau also announced that only four Canadian airports will now accommodate international flights, until further notice. These are the airports of Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

The federal government recommends that all Canadians avoid all non-essential international travel and that Canadian travelers return to Canada as soon as possible.

“I want to be clear: if you’re abroad, it’s time to go home,” said Trudeau.

All Canadians returning from abroad should isolate themselves at home for 14 days to check for symptoms of COVID-19.

Since Monday morning, the Border Services Agency has modified the questionnaires on touch screens that welcome travelers at Canadian airports. We must now indicate if we cough, if we have difficulty breathing and if we feel feverish. Travelers entering Canada must also confirm that they understand that they must voluntarily isolate themselves for 14 days.

In Toronto, late Monday afternoon, the Premier of Ontario joined his voices criticizing the border management by the Trudeau government.

“I’m very concerned about what is reported about the borders,” said Doug Ford. “The federal government needs to tighten border controls, make sure screenings are done properly, and be ready to take more important action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians.”

Premier Ford spoke with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on Sunday. He says she asked him if he would agree to closing the borders, as claimed by his Quebec counterpart, Fran├žois Legault.

“I would agree if the borders were closed to visitors, but not to trade,” said Ford, who said his opinion also applies to the Canada-US border.

He stressed the need to protect the supply chain. He wants a day or two notice if Ottawa gets there. But above all, he wants the goods to continue to flow.

Monday noon, the national assessment was 356 diagnosed cases and 17 probable cases. Ontario had the most confirmed cases: 177. In Quebec, there were 41.

Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador were the only provinces to have no confirmed cases. Three cases in Nova Scotia and one case in Newfoundland and Labrador are still under investigation.

The number of Canadians repatriated from an interrupted cruise who have developed the disease while in quarantine has doubled since Friday from two to four. They are 228 people isolated on the military base of Trenton, Ontario, since their repatriation last Tuesday from California. They had traveled on the Grand Princess.

Questionnaires

Since Monday morning, the Border Services Agency has modified the questionnaires on touch screens that welcome travelers at Canadian airports. We must now indicate if we cough, if we have difficulty breathing and if we feel feverish. Travelers entering Canada must also confirm that they understand that they must voluntarily isolate themselves for 14 days.

In Toronto, late Monday afternoon, the Premier of Ontario joined his voices criticizing the border management by the Trudeau government.

“I’m very concerned about what is reported about the borders,” said Doug Ford. “The federal government needs to tighten border controls, make sure screenings are done properly, and be ready to take more important action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians.”

Premier Ford spoke with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on Sunday. He says she asked him if he would agree to closing the borders, as claimed by his Quebec counterpart, Fran├žois Legault.

“I would agree if the borders were closed to visitors, but not to trade,” said Ford, who said his opinion also applies to the Canada-US border.

He stressed the need to protect the supply chain. He wants a day or two notice if Ottawa gets there. But above all, he wants the goods to continue to flow.

Monday noon, the national assessment was 356 diagnosed cases and 17 probable cases. Ontario had the most confirmed cases: 177. In Quebec, there were 41.

Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador were the only provinces to have no confirmed cases. Three cases in Nova Scotia and one case in Newfoundland and Labrador are still under investigation.

The number of Canadians repatriated from an interrupted cruise who have developed the disease while in quarantine has doubled since Friday from two to four. They are 228 people isolated on the military base of Trenton, Ontario, since their repatriation last Tuesday from California. They had traveled on the Grand Princess.

Share Button