Prime Minister Trudeau finally announced the suspension of flights to sun destinations on Friday, in addition to the imposition of a supervised quarantine at the hotel, on the return of those who travel despite the pandemic.
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This turn of the screw was immediately welcomed by the Quebec government of François Legault, which was impatient to demand better control of non-essential international travel.
“Starting Sunday, flights between Canada and […] the Caribbean and Mexico will be suspended until April 30, ”Trudeau said at a press briefing.
To do this, Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat have agreed to put the affected flights on ice. However, it will still be possible to go to other places like Florida.
“We looked at the destinations where most Canadians spend their vacation,” offered Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, recalling that Canada advises against non-essential travel, all destinations.
Ottawa also announced on Friday that returning vacationers will soon be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport. They will then have to start quarantine in a hotel and shell out about $ 2,000.
Reacting to the series of measures, the Deputy Premier of Quebec, Geneviève Guilbault, said she was satisfied. She nevertheless noted that some questions remain unanswered, such as the time when mandatory screening will come into effect on return to the country and the monitored quarantine at the hotel.
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.
The Prime Minister had earlier pleaded that his government get busy doing things right before announcing important decisions.
“There are several legal, logistical and practical reasons why decisions like this should not be taken lightly or at the corner of a table,” he said.