Sinthia Hoque:-As reported by the local police on Wednesday, there had been multiple international travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport, refusing to follow the three days Quarantine Act.
Most situations have been resolved were as certain people have refused to follow the three-day hotel quarantine, despite it being required by law and according to The Public Health Agency of Canada, “Travellers are legally obligated to follow the instructions of a Screening Officer or Quarantine Officer through the 14-day period, whether in regards to testing, transit to locations, their mandatory hotel stopover or during quarantine at home or other suitable location”.
“If they do not follow the instructions, there are penalties including a maximum fine of up to $750,000 or imprisonment for six months”. Though police will not detain anyone for not following the hotel quarantine act, they will however do so in situations such as a criminal offence arise. Those arriving in Canada must stay in an isolation hotel for three nights until the arrival of a negative COVID-19 test result and may only leave then however they’re still expected to isolate themselves for 14 days. Despite some not following the rules in Toronto; there have been no mentions of others not following the rules in RCMP in Vancouver where there is another international airport in which travellers can land.
Hotels at which these travellers stay must be paid by them and according to the Federal officials, though a lot of these hotels may cost up to $2,000, there are some that may cost less. According to the new rules and regulations, travellers must have negative test result within 72 hours upon their arrival and are also required to complete a second test on the 10th day of their isolation period, this measure has been put in place in order to not only limit the spread of COVID-19 but as well as the much more contagious variants that part of the virus.