Canadian citizens thinking about visiting family or friends across the United States border or elsewhere for Easter holidays—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau strongly advises you not to leave the country.
Trudeau urged his people to “cancel” all weekend travel plans in a series of tweets Monday evening. Instead, he advised Canadians to find other means to communicate with loved ones—even virtually.
The prime minister said Canadians who defy the advice would face unpleasant and harsh laws on their return to Canada.
On a Twitter post, Trudeau stated: “Now is not the time to travel. If you have plans to head somewhere for the long weekend, cancel them,” and “there are other, safer ways for you to connect with your family and friends. For those who need to travel, take note of the measures that are in place when you return to Canada.”
The travel laws, according to Narcity, were implemented in January and involve a slew of obstacles for people looking to return home after a trip amid the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic.
Speaking during a press conference on December 30, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc announced that all passengers arriving in Canada would have to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight.
Trudeau reminded people of the government’s decrees. First and foremost, he said, “If you’re flying back into the country, you’ll need to show a negative PCR test result before you board the plane. When you land, you’ll need to take another PCR test.”
It must be a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
And if you take on the challenge, remember, the checks don’t come back right away, so you’ll “then have to wait at an approved hotel, and at your own expense, for your results to come back.”
If the reports come back negative, those Canadians will be allowed to “head home” and finish their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
If the test result is positive, Trudeau warned, “that’s pretty poor news. … you must promptly undergo quarantine at one of the government’s designated facilities. This is a requirement.”
According to the government health department, anyone who fails to quarantine for the full 14 days faces prison time or penalties.
For those who think they can get around Trudeau’s travel constraints by merely traveling over the land border, they shouldn’t expect a pleasant reentering.
“If you’re returning through our land border, you’ll need to show a negative PCR test result that was taken within the past 72 hours,” Trudeau warned. “On top of that, you’ll have to take a PCR test when you arrive—and you’ll have to take another one toward the end of your 14-day quarantine.”
“These border controls are some of the hardest in the world,” he added, “and they’re in place to keep you, your loved ones, and your society safe.”