Canada will soon announced a new safety measure for Canadian and foreign travelers to help screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
Federal government will soon make it mandatory for airlines to check the temperatures of travelers within Canada as well as those looking to fly to the country.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was first to make this announcement during his daily COVID-19 briefing on Friday June 12. It will be a requirements for airlines to screen travelers before boarding flights, which will complement existing safety measures.
For example, Canada also presently mandates that travelers quarantine for two (2) weeks when arriving to the country.
Canada has had travel restrictions in place since March 18 to curb the spread of coronavirus which are set to expire on June 30. The federal government has yet to show any indication on its plans beyond this month.
Temperature Checks Will Be Gradually Implemented
Canada’s transport minister Marc Garneau has stated that it will take some time to implement this new policy.
In the first phase, the requirements will take effect by the end of June for travellers coming to Canada.
The Transport Minister said it will then be expanded to Canada’s four largest airports by the end of July (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary).
By the end of September, it will be expanded to Eleven (11) more airports in Canada.
Canada will make it mandatory for airlines abroad to check passengers for fevers, something which many airlines are already doing.
Doing this inside of Canada, however, will take some time to introduce. The federal government still needs to purchase some screening equipments and establish procedures.
Marc Garneau said that any traveler with a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms will have their temperature checked again within Ten (10) minutes. If the second check confirms the fever, the traveler will not be permitted to board the flight and will be asked to try boarding again in fourteen (14) days.
The minister also said that the federal government is working with airlines to allow such travelers to rebook their trip without incurring significant rebooking costs.
While temperature screenings are not yet in place at Canadian airports, the country has instructed other health precautions such as social or physical distancing at airports, compulsory masks for all passengers and air crew, cleaning protocol, and health questionnaires.Share with friends