Residents of the province of Ontario received emergency alerts via cellphone texts, radios and TVs at 2 PM on Friday, March 27th, advising recent travellers (those returning to Canada) to remain at home.
The text alert informed travellers returning to Ontario that they are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days as they are at high risk of spreading the novel coronavirus to the persons around them and those that they interact with.
It said, “DO NOT visit stores, family or friends. Everyone should stay at home to stop the spread.”
The federal government recently passed the Quarantine Act that orders all inbound travelers (whether by land, sea or air) to Canada to practice mandatory self-isolation for a minimum of 14 days. Those who are found to violate this law can face fines up to $1 million or up to 3 years in jail.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reminded and urged all Canadians returning to the country to comply with the 14 day self-quarantine period, as many travelers are still not complying with the new rule. The number of confirmed cases in the province of Ontario alone rose to 967 today.
For more information on the COVID-19 emergency in Ontario, please visit: http://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus