Freeland says government 'looking seriously' at stricter travel restrictions
At a press conference today, deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland stated that the Trudeau government is “looking seriously” at tougher measures to restrict travel.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Trudeau informed Canadians that they should cease travelling for the time being — whether within the country or abroad.
"Let me be very clear: Nobody should be taking a vacation abroad right now. If you’ve got one planned, cancel it - and don’t book a trip for spring break. We need to hang on and hold tight for the next few months, and get through to the spring in the best shape possible," said the PM over Twitter.
Currently, restrictions on travel include mandatory COVID-19 tests before boarding in addition to mandatory two-week quarantines for all people entering the country.
Two incoming travel restrictions may include border closures with the United States, or the possibility of implementing mandatory quarantine at designated hotels.
Although the Charter of Rights and Freedoms' mobility rights section states that “Canadian citizens have the right to enter, remain in, and leave Canada,” the official government position continues to advise against it. Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland has previously stated that while it’s “not a good idea” to go abroad, the federal government “will not stop” Canadians who decide to travel. This may be quickly changing.