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April 17, 2020

Every person entering Canada now has to wear a mask, including truck drivers

The Government of Canada updated the mandatory requirements for traveler’s entering Canada.

The rules already require persons entering Canada-whether by air, land or sea -to isolate for 14 days if they have symptoms of COVID-19, or to quarantine themselves for 14 days if they are asymptomatic to limit the spread of COVID-19.

From now on, those travellers cannot isolate or quarantine in a place where they would be in contact with people who are vulnerable, such as adults aged 65 years or over and people with pre-existing medical conditions. Upon arrival, every traveller will need to confirm that they have a suitable place to isolate or quarantine.

In addition, all travellers arriving in Canada will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering to proceed to their final destination where they will isolate or quarantine. They will be provided with a mask if they do not have one.

The exemption from quarantine still applies to certain persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and essential services, or individuals who receive or provide other essential services to Canadians, are exempt from the requirements to quarantine themselves, as long as they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 upon entry in Canada.

However, the new requirement specifies that the persons exempt from mandatory quarantine are now required to wear an appropriate mask or face covering upon entry into Canada and while in transit, and should otherwise respect the intent of the Order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.

Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance.

Links:

– Government of Canada updates mandatory requirements for travellers entering Canada

– Guidelines on wearing non-medical masks and how to make your own

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