Canada on Wednesday intensified its guidelines for travelers returning home in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, mandating a 14-day period of self-isolation.
The mandatory action under the Quarantine Act took effect Wednesday night and doesn't apply to essential workers like truck drivers and healthcare workers.
"Earlier this month, we asked all travellers to self-isolate when they returned to Canada".
Hajdu said all worldwide travellers arriving back in Canada will be told not to make any stops on their way home and to stay off public transportation.
Hajdu also said officials will be following up with travellers and will conduct random inspections to make sure they're following the rules.
A new order placed by the federal government makes self-isolation mandatory for anyone entering Canada, and with it comes fines along with possible jail time for failure to comply.
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"This new measure will provide the clarity for those re-entering the country about the essential need to self-isolate", she said in the Senate on March 25.
Hajdu warned that those who do not obey government-imposed COVID-19 quarantine restrictions would face "significant penalties".
Freeland stressed that travellers should already be doing this in order to protect the health and safety of their fellow Canadians.
Worldwide travel, particularly from hard-hit countries such as China, Iran, and South Korea and then later Europe and the US, has been identified as one of the major reasons for the virus' spread in Canada. The Canada-U.S. border has also been closed to all non-essential travel.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said at a separate news conference that it will be a "legal obligation" for those returning to the country to go into self-isolation.
Hajdu said no one will be permitted to quarantine anywhere they can come into contact with vulnerable people; those who, for example, live with an elderly person or someone with a compromised immune system will have to quarantine elsewhere.