Nova Scotia Journal

Saturday, December 2, 2023

The new Canadian quarantine regulations make no judgment

new Canadian quarantine regulations

Key Takeaways:

  • This week, spoke with an amiable gentleman from Canada’s Public Health Agency.
  • It isn’t kind and keeps families apart.

Talking with Canada’s Public Health Agency about the new changes to Canada’s international traveler quarantine rules, and left laughing at the ridiculousness of these regulations.

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Travelers from all international destinations, except the United States, will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Canada in the coming days.

In my opinion, this is both silly and pointless. According to the most recent figures I could find, the United States had 108,000 new COVID-19 cases on one day last week. On the same day, Australia, where they will be arriving, had just over 1,000 new COVID-19 issues.

Canadian quarantine regulations; Image from CIC News

As a result, America had more than 100 times the number of new cases as Australia. So why, then, do Australians need to quarantine while Americans, who are far more likely to bring COVID-19 into Canada, do not?

I understand the need to protect Canada’s public health system, but quarantining people from countries with few COVID-19 cases for a fortnight while Americans who come from a country rife with the disease can freely enter circulate within Canada makes no sense.

Canada should either close its border and implement quarantine for everyone on an equal basis or implement quarantine requirements based on the conditions in the country from which travelers are coming.

The current policy does not do this. Quarantine requirements should be designed to keep Canadians safe. Instead, this arbitrary policy will undoubtedly result in another unhappy, separated Christmas for my family.

Source: saltwire

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