Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s authorities has despatched the federal authorities a letter asking for quarantine measures at Canada’s airports to be prolonged to the land border with the US, CBC Information has realized.
“We’re requesting the implementation of a compulsory three-day resort quarantine in federally designated lodges at the best site visitors crossings together with these in Niagara, Windsor, Sarnia, and Brockville,” Ontario Deputy Premier Christine Elliott and Solicitor Common Sylvia Jones stated within the letter.
“A few of these crossings, together with the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, are positioned in shut proximity to different crossings. It is necessary that each one vacationers in these areas are met with the identical quarantine requirement, to make sure that all factors of entry are protected.”
On Feb. 22, the federal authorities applied new quarantine measures at airports requiring all air travellers getting back from non-essential journeys overseas to isolate in a federally mandated facility for as much as 72 hours whereas they await the outcomes of a polymerase chain response take a look at, generally referred to as a PCR take a look at, for COVID-19.
Folks arriving at land borders have been required to take a COVID-19 take a look at once they enter the nation after which once more after they’ve remoted themselves at dwelling for 14 days.
Ford requested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instantly Thursday night to implement quarantine at a federal facility at land borders throughout a name with all of the premiers. The letter was despatched proper after the decision ended.
After the decision, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs informed CBC Information Community’s Energy & Politics Thursday that all the premiers have been behind Ford’s name to implement stronger quarantine restrictions on the land border.
Trudeau “definitely acknowledged that it’s a actuality and that they should work on closing that or controlling that,” Higgs maintain host Vassy Kapelos.
A senior federal authorities supply informed CBC Information Thursday night the prime minister agreed to proceed to work with Ford and different premiers to handle their considerations in regards to the border.
Closing a loophole
The written request follows a separate letter despatched earlier this week from Ontario asking Ottawa for elevated testing on the land border in order to assist cease the unfold of variants of concern of the COVID-19 virus which are at present fuelling the third wave of the pandemic in Canada.
A 3-day necessary quarantine at a federally designated facility can value as a lot as $2,000 per particular person. To keep away from that value, some individuals have returned to Canada by flying to a U.S. metropolis near the Canadian border after which taking a taxi to a port of entry and strolling throughout the border the place they’ll isolate themselves at dwelling with out value.
“To guard the lives and well-being of our residents, and to cease the unfold of latest variants into our province, we’re requesting that the federal authorities take instant motion to shut this loophole,” the letter to Minister of Public Security Invoice Blair and Well being Minister Patty Hajdu stated.
The Public Well being Company of Canada (PHAC) retains monitor of travellers who’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19.
From Feb. 22 to April 18, the company informed CBC Information it acquired 50,905 take a look at outcomes from land travellers on the day they arrived in Canada. Of these, 128, or 0.25 per cent, examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Throughout the identical interval for air travellers, the company stated it acquired 144,177 take a look at outcomes, of which 2,541 — or 1.76 per cent — have been optimistic for COVID-19.
In February Blair stated imposing the identical quarantine necessities at land borders poses a troublesome problem.
“At land borders, now we have 117 totally different factors of entry, and plenty of of these factors of entry are positioned in distant, rural areas,” not close to lodges or different facilities, he stated.