Shomporko Online News Desk: Citizens and permanent residents who are properly vaccinated against COVID-19 will soon have to observe quarantine laws when entering the nation, according to Canada.
Bill Blair, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, indicated last week that “measures” would be disclosed on Monday that would apply to both immunized Canadians and foreign persons who are allowed entrance. Those without citizenship or resident status can currently enter the country solely for employment, school, or other vital business, but not for pleasure.
As more Canadians get inoculated against COVID-19 and summer weather has people itching to take some long-awaited trips, pressure is building for the Liberal government to begin relaxing some of its border and quarantine rules.
Over the weekend the country hit an important target of having 75 percent of its eligible population receive one dose and 20 per cent get two, providing the latter group with full protection against COVID-19.
These were benchmarks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and top health officials said needed to be met to safely relax pandemic-related health measures.
Those hoping to see some loosening this month were disappointed on Friday when the Liberal government announced its restrictions on non-essential international travel would remain in place at the Canada-U.S. border until July 21.
The federal government spent the week leading up to Monday’s announcement teasing some of the travel changes it was considering for vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents. According to Health Minister Patty Hajdu, the government plans to exempt properly vaccinated travelers from paying for a three-night stay at a government-approved hotel beginning in early July.