- The Canadian Government has issued a travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Canadians are encouraged to cancel ALL travel plans.
- Cruise ships of 500 or more will not be allowed to port in Canada.
The Canadian government is also taking steps to tighten the border to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Recommended self isolation for Canadians who have traveled abroad
Travelers coming from Iran, Italy and China must self isolate for 14 days.
Travelers coming from abroad are recommended to self isolate for 14 days
The Canadian government has limited all social events and sporting events.
Specific airports will be assigned to deal with international travelers coming home from abroad.
Justin Trudeau has no symptoms of the Coronavirus and is currently self isolating for 14 days.
“We have to protect our neighbors and our friends, especially our most vulnerable Canadian including seniors and those with pre-existing conditions”
Justin Trudeau spoke on Friday as to the steps the Canadian government is taking to protect Canadians during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Canadians are advised to avoid all-nonessential travel. All upcoming travel plans should be cancelled. The Canadian cruise season has also been suspended until July 2020. Strict regulations regarding international travelers arriving in Canada will be announced shortly including having specific airports for passengers arriving from abroad.
Parliament has been suspended until April 20 due to the coronavirus. All parties agreed to the suspension. The federal budget will not be presented on March 30 as originally planned and a new date has yet to be set.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said “Social distancing is an important contribution that everyone can make to our control efforts.”
The Canadian government also recommended not shaking hands and distancing themselves from others. Canadians who take public transit are encouraged to use it during off peak hours if possible.
Recap of the news conference where ministers 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 travellers 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.
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam says her advice to Canadians is to “postpone or cancel all non-essential travel outside of Canada.” Dr. Tam said this advice is especially important for older adults or people who have underlying medical conditions.
“It’s also important to remember that if you travel abroad, you could be subject to the measures of other countries. Your one-week trip might become much longer, you may have reduced access to quality healthcare,” she told reporters gathered in Ottawa for a briefing from she and a group of ministers.