Canada announced stricter COVID restrictions on travelers including a mandatory $2,000 hotel quarantine, multiple tests, increased ‘surveillance’, and banning all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Man, if Trump did that Democrats would be knocking each other over racing to get to the nearest microphone to screech ‘RACIST!’
But not a xenophobic peep was uttered after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new COVID restrictions in response to the more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus.
Trudeau said the travel restriction measures will start ‘in the coming weeks’ but airline services to Mexico and all Caribbean destinations are immediately suspended until April 30.
Of course, unlike what the Mexican government would have stated if President Trump restricted travel south of the border.
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department issued a statement saying that:
“The government of Mexico expresses its hope that the measure recently announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can be withdrawn as soon as possible, in order to avoid a deep economic crisis in the North American Region.”
In addition to pre-boarding negative tests that Canada also requires, travelers will be tested at the airport on arrival and be forced to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense until the result are know which typically take three days.
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The steep cost for the hotel stay includes the cost of a private PCR test, security, food, and the cost of measures the designated hotels will have to take to keep their workers safe.
‘Travelers will then have to wait for up to three days at an approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense, which is expected to be more than $2,000. Those with negative test results will then be able to quarantine at home under significantly increased surveillance and enforcement.’
While Trudeau stated that the added security, food, and safety measures could cost as much as $2,000.
He was speaking in Canadian dollars, which is around $1,576 American dollars, so two-thumbs up for the American dollar.
Trudeau didn’t give a specific date as to when these new measures take effect, only stating that they’ll be implemented ‘in the coming weeks.’