Sinthia Hoque:-According to Peel Police, they had issued a total of 49 fines at Pearson Airport dating from February 1st to 21st to travellers who have refused to take the mandatory COVID-19 test.
These fines were the result of new restrictions that had come into effect at the beginning of February and by law travellers arriving at Pearson Airport were required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test and quarantine at local hotels for three days until the results were back. Though as of February 22nd, the Peel Police won’t be issuing these fines anymore and Health Canada is in charge of enforcing such restrictions at Pearson Airport, under the federal Quarantine Act.
Refusing to take the COVID-19 test will result in a fine of $750. For those travelling to Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had announced new restrictions in late January which were an extension of existing restrictions banning foreign travellers with the exception of those involved in essential services. They are also required to take the COVID-19 test and if the result is negative, they can go home but have to isolate for 14 days however if the results are positive they will have to isolate longer but at a government-approved hotel. The cost of the hotel and the test for travellers will be $2,000.
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