Canada thinking of quarantining travelers in hotels

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Photo: AP/ Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

The Associated Press
Updated: January 22, 2021 01:14 PM
Created: January 22, 2021 01:13 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Friday his government could impose stricter restrictions on travelers at any moment in response to new, likely more contagious variants of the coronavirus — possibly making it mandatory to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense when they arrive in Canada.

Trudeau said at a news conference that such measures could be imposed suddenly and bluntly warned against nonessential trips abroad.

"No one should be taking a vacation abroad right now. If you've still got one planned, cancel it. And don't book a trip for spring break," Trudeau said.

Canada already requires those entering the country to self-isolate for 14 days and to present a negative COVID-19 tet taken within three days before arrival. The suggested measure would require isolating at a hotel rather than at home.


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