“Anyone entering Canada by air, land or marine must declare to a CBSA border services officer,” the tweet reads. The newly announced quarantine measures are in response to Canadians choosing to disobey the federal government’s advisories over the last few weeks. Officials have been asked to tell returnees that they must go straight home and are not allowed to stop along the way. According to Health Minister Patty Hajdu and her department, anyone who does not go straight home or refuses to stay in quarantine for 14 days will be subject to massive fines or even jail time. The penalty for violating this order could cost anyone caught up to $750,000. It could also result in arrest and up to six months in jail. Penalties are even more drastic if officials believe someone is jeopardizing others’ lives “while wilfully or recklessly contravening the act.” If caught, that could mean fines up to $1 million or three years in prison. According to health officials, the government of Canada will be conducting random spot checks to verify compliance. “My officials are working with the CBSA right now to ensure that people know that this will be serious and that there will be significant penalties if people violate the quarantine,” Hajdu said. In addition, all travelers returning to Canada are forbidden from taking public transit back to their houses. The government has said they will provide transportation for anyone who does not have their own vehicle. Hajdu also added that if you are taking a connecting flight to a different Canadian city, other than one of the four airports receiving international flights, and you show any symptoms, you will be required to quarantine for two weeks in the city you land. The government will be paying for accommodation under these circumstances.
#COVID19: Under the new Order for MANDATORY #SelfIsolation that will be fully implemented by #CBSA at ports of entry by midnight tonight, anyone entering Canada by air, land or marine must declare to a CBSA border services officer: pic.twitter.com/TSO9HvGdWB— Canada Border Services Agency (@CanBorder) March 26, 2020