May 28, 2021
By Jane Brown
A group of doctors says the requirement for air travellers to quarantine for up to three days at a hotel is an expensive, inconsistent policy that contains loopholes and should be discontinued.
The experts are tasked with providing guidance to Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu on testing and screening measures for COVID-19.
While the doctors say Canada should continue screening positive cases from international travellers for more transmissible variants, Canada should end its policy of making air travellers stay in hotels.
The group notes some travellers are choosing to pay the fine of up to three-thousand dollars for skipping out on their mandatory hotel stay and possibly not quarantining at all.
In addition, the docs say the three day hotel requirement does not match up with the science around the incubation period of COVID-19.
Meantime, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated he will not ease border restrictions between Canada and the U.S. until 75 percent of Canadians are vaccinated.
On May 20th, it was announced the Canada-U.S. border would remain closed until at least June 21st.
As vaccination continues to expand, regional U.S. lawmakers have been increasing pressure on both countries to come up with a plan to reopen the border.