Domestic Travel Restrictions Now in Effect

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Domestic travel restrictions are now in place in Canada.

The new restrictions on domestic air and inter-city passenger rail traffic were announced on the weekend and set to go into effect at noon on Monday.

The new measures requires staff at airlines and railways to screen passengers and bar those exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 from boarding.

At a news conference on Monday, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's top public health official, reiterated the need to respect physical distancing measures, and emphasized that all travellers returning from abroad must isolate themselves from others for 14 days.

“Head directly home — do not stop for groceries or other essential supplies,” she said. “Pick up the phone, get online and order what you need, but do not go out in public spaces.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced a wage subsidy on Monday that will have the government cover 75 per cent of salary on the first $58,700 a person earns, or about $847 a week.

 

— With files from The Canadian Press