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The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has said that anyone who enters Canada will have to self-quarantine for 14 days, and “if you don't follow these rules, you could face serious penalties."

So what is the Quarantine Plan?

Upon arrival in Canada, a person entering must have a plan that outlines how they will quarantine for 14 days. This plan includes the following:

  • The address and accommodations where a person will be self-isolating;
  • Transportation from the airport to the accommodations;
  • A plan of how a person will acquire essential supplies such as groceries; and
  • A plan of access to essential services and medical care, should it be required.

It is imperative to note that a Quarantine Plan is mandatory. As the Prime Minister warned, should a person fail to follow the rules of quarantine, they may face serious consequences. It has been reported that the RCMP are regularly checking in on those in quarantine to ensure that quarantine measures are being followed. Those who do not follow the Quarantine Plan may face penalties such as a fine up to $750,000, 6 months of jail time and/or being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year.

While these penalties may seem harsh, it is important to remember that we must each do our part to keep ourselves and our communities safe and healthy. Now is a time, more than ever, to take care of ourselves and each other.