PM Justin Trudeau just announced that Canada will be shutting the border to non-Canadians for the time being, with certain exceptions to permanent residents, immediate families and U.S citizens.
Starting Wednesday, only four airports will be accepting international flights – Toronto Pearson Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Montréal – Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to close borders to non-Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Also said, "We also recommend that all those who are currently abroad to come home to Canada while it is still possible…If you are abroad at this time, it is time to come back home."
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Any individual with symptoms will not be able to enter the country. The government will set up a financial program for Canadians who are already abroad. And those who just arrived in the country must self-isolate for 14 days
“If you are abroad, it is time for you to come back home” he added.
He also informed that air operators will be mandated to prevent passengers who present symptoms of COVID-19 to get on a plane.
He assured the public that he was working closely with all the Premiers to tackle the spread of the virus.
PM Trudeau also promised 10 billion dollars in additional support to Canadian businesses to mitigate the economic impact of this pandemic.
He urged Canadians to avoid non-essential travel and follow the advice of public health officials. Towards the end of this remark he also mentioned that social distancing does not mean being disconnected from your loved ones and encouraged everyone to reach out using the technology at our disposal.