Canadians who want to continue traveling despite the pandemic will need to have deep pockets. Prime Minister Trudeau on Friday announced a series of measures to stem non-essential travel.
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Suspension of flights to sunny destinations, imposition of a monitored quarantine at the hotel: Ottawa is responding to requests from certain provinces, including Quebec.
“Starting Sunday, flights between Canada and […] the Caribbean and Mexico will be suspended until April 30, ”Trudeau said on Friday.
To do this, Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat had to agree to put the affected flights on ice.
However, it will still be possible to go to other places like Florida.
Ottawa has also ruled that returning vacationers will soon need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport.
They will then have to start a quarantine in a hotel while waiting for the result and shell out around $ 2,000.
Angry or resigned, Quebeckers traveling or planning to leave consider that these announcements seemed inevitable due to the pressure.
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Hailed by Quebec
This turn of the screw was immediately greeted by the government of François Legault, which was impatient in demanding better control of non-essential international travel.
Mr. Legault, like many Quebeckers, was outraged to see in the reports of the Newspaper that many vacationers have gone to the South to party this winter, despite the pandemic.
Reacting to the series of measures announced by the federal government, the Deputy Premier of Quebec, Geneviève Guilbault, said she was satisfied.
However, she noted that questions remained unresolved, such as the time when mandatory screening will come into force on return to the country and the monitored quarantine at the hotel.
As quickly as possible
Mr. Trudeau did not mention an exact date, but spoke of “as soon as possible in February”.
“There are many cases of variants, among others in the United Kingdom, in Africa [du Sud] and Brazil, which are of great concern to us. Of course, certain destinations in the South are being suspended, but there are still other flights that will continue to take place, ”added Ms. Guilbault.
Attacked on several occasions by François Legault, who called for an emergency intervention, Justin Trudeau defended himself from taking his time by stressing that these decisions “should not be taken lightly or [planifiées] on the corner of a table ”.