Mandatory self-isolation doesn't apply to truck drivers travelling into the US, a country with more than 50,000 cases of COVID-19.
"Earlier this month, we asked all travellers to self-isolate when they returned to Canada". There is no immediate word on how the government will be enforcing the measure. "At the same time, all of us are going to be and feel safer with mandatory quarantines for anyone entering Canada".
Health Minister Patty Hajdu is using powers afforded to her under the Quarantine Act to ensure that travellers returning from other countries are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation upon their arrival.
People arriving on flights at one of four global airports in the country will be required to self-isolate in the city they land in and the government will take care of accommodations and meals in those situations.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland there will be a few exceptions if they are deemed to be essential by the federal government.
Deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo said the measures were important from a public health perspective.
The World Health Organization has warned that the U.S.is becoming the new epicentre of the global pandemic as the spread of COVID-19 continues to accelerate, particularly in and around NY, which is urging recent visitors to self-isolate at home. "Anytime you have a public health emergency I don't think the government should be afraid to take mandatory measures and also, unfortunately, we've seen that people just aren't adhering to the optional measures in many cases".
Under the Quarantine Act, which received a major overhaul in 2005 following the SARS outbreak of 2003, the federal government can impose significant measures aimed at preventing the spread of a virus.
The law also includes a range of penalties for those who violate such measures, including a fine of up to $1 million and up to three years in prison.