The Legault government considers “satisfactory” and “very positive” the measures announced by Ottawa to dissuade Canadians from traveling abroad.
• Read also: Ottawa announces flight suspension and hotel quarantine
Even if some questions about the implementation of certain measures remain, Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault welcomed the new measures on Friday.
“These are measures that go in the direction of what we wanted for several days”, she underlined.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled additional measures earlier Friday to deter Canadians from taking leisure travel despite COVID-19.
Flights between Canada and sun destinations, specifically the Caribbean and Mexico, will be suspended until April 30.
The Prime Minister also announced that returning vacationers will soon have to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport before starting a hotel quarantine, for a fee of approximately $ 2,000. ‘they will have to pay.
Several questions remain, however, particularly with regard to the timing of the mandatory quarantine at the hotel and the application of surveillance.
Quebec Premier François Legault had been showing signs of impatience for days at the lack of federal decisions.
After “discussions” with the federal government, the police forces of Quebec will be able as of Monday to issue tickets for non-compliance with the quarantine, indicated the Minister of Public Security.
Quebec police officers already had the possibility since last Friday to visit travelers in quarantine, but could not issue statements of offense under the federal law on quarantine, explained Ms. Guilbault.
This pitfall now seems to have been overcome. The Sûreté du Québec will be able to transmit the information to municipal police forces, particularly in Montreal and Quebec, so that they can apply the regulation.
Travelers entering countries are required to adhere to a 14-day isolation period under the federal government’s Quarantine Act.
They had to provide their information on the ArriveCAN mobile app, and robotic calls were made to check if they were in quarantine.