Wednesday, December 2, 2020

COVID-19 rule enforcement ramps up across Canada


CBC News shows that police in Ontario (Canada) inspected 900 businesses and broke up large gatherings as they ramped up enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions. Police in Manitoba and B.C. also enforced bans on in-person church services. 

Ontario reported more than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the province's health minister said the results of lockdowns in Toronto and surrounding regions won't really be seen until next week.

It seems that Ontario Coronavirus Cases have "plateaued at a very high level."

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are certainly advised to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice to limit the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. The best way to protect yourself, your family and those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 Coronavirus in Canada communities is to choose to stay in Canada. People could get information from their airlines or tour operators to determine options for cancelling or postponing their trips.

Many countries in the world have put in place travel or border restrictions, such as movement restrictions and quarantines. Many worldwide airlines have reduced or suspended flights. Many airports have closed because of the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic. The exact restrictions are changing quickly and may be imposed by countries with little warning. Your potential travel plans may be severely disrupted. Should you choose to take non-essential travel outside Canada, you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected (think ahead about what could happen).

Keep in mind, if you choose to travel abroad:
  • your trip may certainly become much longer than you planned
  • you may have reduced access to good quality health care
  • you could be subject to the various measures of other countries
  • understand the risks to your safety and security abroad
  • check the pandemic travel health notice before travelling
  • know the specific health risks and travel restrictions
  • protect yourself and others
  • check latest advice and information for your safety and security
  • wear face covering when physical distancing can't be maintained
  • cough and sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm
  • be aware of the local situation and follow local public health advice
  • avoiding contact with sick people
  • avoiding large crowds or crowded areas
  • wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds
  • (another option) use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
  • check messages on airport screens to guide you
  • talk to a flight attendant or a border services officer
  • no one should travel when sick
If you arrive in Canada, you may have to start your 14-day mandatory quarantine or isolation period.

As the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic situation evolves, many countries outside of Canada have put policies and restrictions in place to contain the global outbreak. These restrictions may impact a cruise traveller's: itinerary, ability to disembark, access to health care.

A travel itinerary is a useful schedule of events relating to planned travel, generally including destinations to be visited at specified times and means of transportation to move between those certain destinations.

If an unfortunate outbreak of COVID-19 occurs on your cruise ship while you are outside of Canada, you could be subject to quarantine procedures onboard ship or in a foreign country.

The Government of Canada isn't planning additional repatriation flights to bring Canadians home during the COVID-19 pandemic. If an outbreak of COVID-19 occurs on your cruise ship while you're outside of Canada, ability to help may be limited. Your options to return to Canada may also be limited due to decreased availability of flights.

Canada’s budget deficit is forecast to hit a historic C$381.6 billion ($293.9 billion) on COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic emergency aid, with the federal government eyeing C$100 billion in stimulus to be rolled out once the virus is under control, the finance department said on Monday.

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