Trudeau says travellers who refuse to self-isolate are ‘dangerous’

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians ignoring orders to stay isolated after returning from trips outside the country are endangering the lives of others.

Canada today began enforcing the Quarantine Act order for international arrivals to Canada to stay away from others for at least 14 days.

Trudeau says most Canadians have seemed to be heeding the advice to self-isolate over the last couple of weeks but the number who haven’t forced the government to take the next step of threatening fines and jail time.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says national and local public health officers will enforce the order with random checks including phone calls to ensure people ordered to stay at home are obeying.

Canadians returning who have symptoms of COVID-19 won’t be allowed to go home unless they are able to do so alone in their own vehicles.

The rest will either be taken to hospital if warranted or taken to a federal shelter where their quarantines will be monitored directly.

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  1. Now if they Trudope and the cops would have been so tough on the blockades so thousands of people didn’t get laid off just before the virus hit. And no financial help for those workers cause the gov. did nothing but hide

    • Self-isolate if you:

      have no symptoms and
      have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days or
      have come in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or
      have been asked to do so by your public health authority
      Self-isolation means to:

      stay at home and monitor yourself for symptoms, even if mild, for 14 days
      avoid contact with others
      If you have no symptoms but have been exposed to COVID-19, you can still go outside for:

      fresh air
      a run
      a bike ride
      to walk the dog
      While doing these activities, always maintain a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others. Refer to our guidance for more information on how to self-isolate at home when you may have been exposed and have no symptoms.

      If you develop symptoms, even if mild, stay home, avoid other people and contact your public health authority as soon as possible.

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