>>The information listed below is accurate as of Saturday March 20, and is subject to change at any time.
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COVID-19 Re-Opening Update (posted June 4, 2020)
COVID-19 Travel Update (posted April 16, 2020)
Travel Into Canada
Travel into Canada is now highly limited, with many carriers limiting or temporarily ceasing air connections with many other countries that they typically serve.
Travellers who are considered essential services (according to the US Homeland Security) are able to cross the Canada-US boundary. Otherwise you must be a Canadian Citizen/resident to be able to enter into Canada. Non-essential travel from the United States is not allowed until AT LEAST March 21, 2021 (per Feb/2021 announcement).
Travellers without symptoms: mandatory quarantine
If you have recently returned to Canada and you have no symptoms, you must QUARANTINE (self-isolate) yourself for 15 days. This is MANDATORY. You are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.
This means you MUST:
- go directly to your place of quarantine, without delay, and stay there for 14 days
- do not go to school, work, other public areas and community settings
- monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
- arrange to have someone pick up essentials like groceries or medication for you
- do not have visitors
- stay in a private place like your yard or balcony if you go outside for fresh air
- keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others
Travellers with symptoms: mandatory isolation
If you have recently returned to Canada, you MUST SELF-ISOLATE for 14 days. This is mandatory. If required, immediate medical attention will be provided upon arrival in Canada.
Mandatory isolation means you MUST:
- go directly to the place where you will isolate, without delay, and stay there for 14 days
- go to your place of isolation using private transportation only, such as your personal vehicle
- stay INSIDE your home
- do not leave your place of isolation unless it is to seek medical attention
- do not go to school, work, other public areas or use public transportation such as buses and taxis
- stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home, if possible
- do not have visitors and limit contact with others in the place of isolation, including children
- do not isolate in a place where you will have contact with vulnerable people, such as older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions
- if your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your health care provider or public health authority and follow their instructions
Travel Within Canada
Travel Within Canada is now highly limited, with many carriers limiting or temporarily ceasing air connections and reducing passenger numbers on flights to improve Social Distancing. We have listed provincial restrictions and guidelines from East to West.
Currently the “Atlantic Bubble” (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI,and Newfoundland) have collectively imposed restrictions on travel from other parts of Canada and set up border checkpoints to monitor traveller health. All inbound travellers (other than essential workers) must quarantine for 14 days. Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut have each banned any non-essential travel into their areas.
Authorities are guided by (a) their Health officials and (b) common sense, which can change from day to day.
Currently, they are trying to help individuals return home — including transiting across a province to get to your home province — but subject to self-isolation upon returning home. Provincial restrictions are getting more restrictive about “visiting” and “travel/tourism” across provincial boundaries.
RECOMMENDED: Plan your travel itinerary to minimize stops for gas, and meals on your trip home
The so-called Atlantic Bubble was cancelled in January 2021 with sudden outbreaks inside the Maritimes. The return of the Atlantic Bubble was jointly announced by the premiers of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, which is scheduled to be restored by April 19, 2021.
Newfoundland & Labrador
- To help ensure the safety of passengers and crews on provincial ferries during the COVID-19 pandemic, passengers are now allowed to remain in their vehicles during crossings, as per recommendations from Transport Canada.
- Be prepared for COVID-19 screening at the terminal to determine your suitability for travel. Face masks must be worn at all times in public areas in ports and on board, unless you have a medical exemption.
- Clear plastic fast shield are NOT considered allowable masks (virus can pass around the plastic shield with each breath).
- Crews are also required to maintain additional space between vehicles to allow for easier evacuation of passengers in the event of an emergency. This additional space may result in fewer vehicles for some trips.
March 26: Public Advisory: New Restrictions Implemented for Provincial Ferry Crossings
These restrictions are limiting passengers to:
- Essential workers travelling to their workplace;
- Patients travelling for medical reasons, including for doctor’s appointments and visits to pharmacies;
- Those travelling to purchase essential goods and supplies, such as groceries, that are not available in their home community; and
- Those transporting essential goods.
- To limit the interactions between passengers and crews and to allow ample time for crews to efficiently clean the vessels, the number of trips for each ferry run is being reduced.
We contacted the RCMP Cumberland County Detachment (902-667-3859) who informed us that the Government of Nova Scotia has checkpoints at North Sydney for the Ferry form Newfoundland, and at Amherst for highway traffic from New Brunswick.
These checkpoints are run by the Department of Natural Resources.
Anyone entering the province will be stopped, questioned, and told to self-isolate for 14 days. Exemptions for cross-border travel include healthy workers in trades and transportation sectors who move goods and people (e.g. truck drivers); healthy people going to work (e.g. health-care workers); and people travelling into the province for essential health services (e.g. chemotherapy treatment).
RCMP West District, Riviere Verte, NB
There are now police checkpoints at provincial borders, with Quebec and with Nova Scotia. Unnecessary travel is prohibited, and travellers may be turned around at the border.
(item 15) “Unnecessary travel” includes non-residents of New Brunswick entering NB to make or receive purchases or to visit or for other social purposes.
There is a nightly travel curfew, and the nightly curfew will be pushed back from 8 p.m. (since roughly Christmas, 2020) to 9:30 p.m. as of Wednesday, March 17.
- The obligation for anyone returning from a stay outside Quebec to self-isolate for 14 days, that is, both sick travellers or those displaying symptoms and travellers who do not display symptoms and are in perfect health;
- All Quebecers are being asked to avoid travelling from one region to another or from one city to another, except where necessary. Such travel should be confined to trips for medical reasons and work when teleworking is not possible.
- Police officers at the checkpoints (at border with NB and with Ontario along the Trans-Canada) will limit travel into and out of the regions and only authorize essential travel.
- For any specific situation, you can call the Clinique d’assistance juridique COVID-19 established by the Ministere de la Justice du Quebec and the Barreau du Quebec at 1-866-699-9729 (toll free).
Quebec also has checkpoints between regions (like the Gaspe, the Saquenay, and Northern Quebec) to restrict travel within the province that may spread the coronavirus.
Much of the area along the Trans-Canada Highway from Montreal to Quebec city and to/fromNew Brunswick is a “red zone”
Red Zones have the following restrictions
- All organized sports, competitions, and recreational activities are suspended, and all fitness rooms and centres are closed
- Inter-regional travel is not recommended toward a green, yellow or orange zone and outside Québec (except for essential travel, students, workers, shared custody, freight transportation)
- Auditoriums, cinemas, theatres and museums are closed
- Microbreweries and distilleries, Restaurant dining rooms are closed; Delivery, takeout and drive-through orders only
Areas around Ontario are considered to be a “red zone” due to high rates of spread (and high numbers of new variants): Sudbury-Manitoulin, Toronto, Peel (Brampton & Missisauga), Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District (southwest of Ottawa), Hamilton, Lambton (west of London), Chatham-Kent (around Windsor) [ March 20, 2021]
Under the Ontario Declaration of Emergency: Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada should:
- self-isolate for 14 days when they return. People who are self-isolating should not go to work
- monitor themselves for symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus for 14 days after returning to Canada
- contact their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 if they experience symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus
On March 27, Ontario sent out emergency messages on cellphones, television and radio on Friday afternoon to warn travellers returning to the province they are at “high risk” of developing and spreading COVID-19 which has already killed 18 in the province.
The emergency alert urged travellers to stay home and sef-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms and noted “you are required by law” to do so.
Do not visit stores, family or friends,” Premier Doug Ford told a news conference at Queen’s Park minutes before the alerts went out at 2 pm.
In Ontario the provincial police issued a notice Friday warning people that they could face fines of $750 if they defy the “expert advice provided by the chief medical officer of health to close certain businesses and institutions and limit gatherings to 50 people or less.” Corporations defying orders can face a fine of $500,000.
Current statuses of different health regions within Ontario (using a colour coded system and tiered restrictions)
- Toronto and Peel Region (Mississauga/Brampton) are in a lockdown
March 20, 2020 Manitoba declares a State of Emergency
Checkpoints will be located at the:
- Ontario border:
- Trans-Canada Highway East (West Hawk Lake/Falcon Lake);
- Saskatchewan border:
- Trans-Canada Highway West (west of Kirkella/Elkhorn/Virden);
- PTH 16 (west of Russell);
- PTH 5W (west of Roblin); and
- PTH 2 (west of Sinclair/Reston/Souris).
These checkpoints are established under the authority of The Public Health Act. No one will be denied entry into Manitoba at these locations.
Effective March 23, public health officials recommended anyone who returns from international or domestic travel should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return. This recommendation does not include:
- the commercial transportation of goods;
- workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
- health care workers who travel to work from outside the province; and
- normal personal travel in border communities including visits to a cottage.
November 12: Community spread of COVID-19 is not contained and/or there are significant strains on the health care system. As of Thursday, November 12, the province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red)
- Retail businesses must sell only essential items, ensure compliance with capacity limits and implement measures to ensure physical distancing. (this includes the “big box” stores like Costco and Walmart)
- Retailers can continue to sell essential or non-essential items online, by telephone or by remote means for delivery or pick-up.
- Travel to and from northern Manitoba is restricted and non-essential travel is discouraged.
- Restaurants must close to the public and may be open for delivery, drive-thru or takeout only.
- All recreational activities, sports facilities, casinos, museums, galleries, libraries, movie theatres and concert halls must close.
- Mandatory masking indoor province-wide
- Private indoor gathering size reduced to five
- Visitation to all long-term care facilities and personal care homes will be suspended, with the exception of compassionate reasons
Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace or an appropriate barrier is in place.
Nov 13: Additional measures may apply to the Calgary and Edmonton areas, and the cities of Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Red Deer.
- Restaurants/pubs stop liquor sales by 10pm, close by 11pm (Nov 13-27)
- Ban on indoor group fitness classes & team sports (Nov 13-27)
- Ban on group singing, dancing & performing activities (Nov 13-27)
- No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community
- 15-person limit on family & social gatherings
Nov 20: By order and direction of the PHO, individuals and businesses in B.C. must significantly reduce social interactions and travel, in effect until December 7, 2020 at midnight.
- All events and community-based gatherings are suspended including Galas,Musical or theatre performances, Seasonal activities, Silent auctions
- Group indoor fitness activities. No spectators are allowed at any sport activities under the order. You may continue to Ski and snowboard at your local mountains.
- Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces. People who cannot put on or remove a mask on their own are exempt.
- At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. Do not travel for a vacation
Because of limited medical facilities within their jurisdictions, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut have imposed VERY STRICT travel restrictions into their jurisdictions. All non-essential travel into the territories and the north are prohibited.