Mandatory 14-day quarantine for travellers to Canada
Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Canada has taken further measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from those who recently arrived in the country from abroad.
Making use of the federal Quarantine Act, Canada will legally require all travellers returning to Canada to go into self-isolation for 14 days, rather than simply being urged to do so. Travellers will also be barred from using public transportation to get to the location where they will be isolating. Only those considered to be doing what the federal government defines as "essential" work will be exempted from this measure, provided that the are asymptomatic. This includes medical workers, firefighters and truck drivers.
The measure is expected to take effect on midnight of Thursday March 26.
Generally speaking, individuals who violate orders under the Quarantine Act and potentially place the public at risk of a communicable disease, can face a fine of up to $1 million and up to three years in prison.