Toronto, Jan 28, 2021 – The Canadian government has taken further steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada. Those who travel by air for non-essential reasons will face new measures and costs when returning to Canada.
The Canadian government has issued an emergency order regarding quarantine, isolation and other obligations under the Quarantine Act. It applies to all travellers arriving in Canada. Its purpose is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada.
Strict public health measures take effect at Canadian borders and airports
Starting Monday Jan 25 2021, most air travellers entering Canada must comply with new travel regulations, including expensive hotel quarantine. Passengers must pre-book hotel accommodation before arriving in Canada.
With that being said, when entering Canada, if the passenger shows no symptoms, then he or she must isolate for 14 days. Otherwise, if they have COVID-19 symptoms or know that they have COVID-19, then an isolation of 14 days will become a must.
Air passengers must book three nights at a government-approved hotel and then fly to Canada from Monday. They need accommodation while waiting for COVID-19 test results. Travellers who test negative can leave the hotel and complete the remaining 14 days of quarantine at home.
Travellers are required to comply with mandatory quarantine or isolation requirements-non-compliance will result in fines, fines or imprisonment. Passengers were reported to enter quarantine at the Westin Wall Hotel in Vancouver Airport Center, Richmond, British Columbia, and at Madison Hotel near Pearson Airport in the Greater Toronto Area.
Travellers with negative test results can leave immediately and complete the remaining 14 days of quarantine at home. Those who need to take a domestic transfer can book and transfer at this time. Those who test positive will be required to complete quarantine at designated government agencies.
But it turns out that the sum including meals and transportation may be much less, depending on your residence, because the prices vary greatly.
Toronto quarantine hotel prices skyrocketed as restrictions applied
An employee said that the Acclaim Hotel in Calgary charges $611 for three nights, including tax. This is very different from the price of the Westin Wall Center Hotel at Vancouver Airport, which, according to an employee, is $1,827 in taxes.
However the three-day mandatory hotel quarantine fee that took effect on Monday appears to be far below the $2,000 per person price quoted by officials when they announced the new plan. An unnamed traveller to Toronto showed CBC News the booking confirmation of the quarantine hotel at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. A total of $1089.41 including tax.
The employee replied that the two hotels that were selected as participants in the government quarantine program on Friday, the Alt Hotel at Toronto Airport and the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Toronto Pearson International Airport, had nightly room rates of $339 and $319, respectively. The phone from those hotels said.
Employees said that these expenses include all expenses related to quarantine, including food and safety expenses. At the Calgary Airport Terminal Marriott Hotel, the cost of quarantine per person for three days is $1,272 (not including tax). An employee said that this includes food for three days and a security guarantee of $75.
Widespread lockdown measures and business shutdown across Canadian cities
The Chief Public Health Officer of Canada said that the number of COVID-19 cases has been steadily declining in most parts of Canada. This enables provincial governments across Canada to apply strict lockdown measures, including restricting family visit, social gathering, and unnecessary business and retail activities.
On Monday, Ontario reported 1,058 new COVID-19 cases and 11 other deaths related to the virus as the York region returned to the province’s colour-coded pandemic restriction system on Monday. Family standby orders in the other three regions, including Toronto, are still valid. Small and medium businesses are forced to shut down and at least 56,000 jobs have been lost reportedly, but big corporations like Walmart and Costco are exempt from this restriction policy.
The public health agency authorised by the Quebec government said that 86 more suspected cases of the coronavirus mutation were found in the province, for a total of 415 suspected cases. Quebec has confirmed 23 cases.
At least 10 schools across the province have been completely or partially closed due to suspected mutation cases, prompting the chairman of the union representing Quebec English school teachers to call for stronger health measures to protect teachers and students, including reducing class sizes. And use quick tests more.
In British Columbia, six schools in Surrey County and another school in the Delta outside Vancouver have cases involving variants. Alberta has reported 11 new variant cases across the province, bringing the total to 289.
At the same time, New Brunswick reported that there were 7 COVID-19-related deaths in a long-term care home in Edmundston, leading opposition liberals to request a review of the Belle Vue facility, which already has more than 90 cases of COVID-19.