The coronavirus pandemic is at its worst, so Canada has extended its travel restrictions for another month.
Rodrigo Diaz M.
The Canadian government is expanding a series of travel restrictions and regulations aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic until next year, as the number of cases continues to rise steadily across the country.
Public Security Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the rules, first imposed near the start of the global outbreak, will now be in effect until January 21, 2021 for travelers entering in Canada from a country other than the United States.
The ministers say the restrictions for visitors crossing the border from the United States are currently in effect until Dec. 21, but may be extended again.
The regulations include a requirement that anyone entering the country isolate himself for 14 days upon entering Canada.
However, the ministers also say they are trying to make it possible for “high performance sports organizations and fans” to hold major international events on Canadian soil. Successful applicants would have to present a public health plan and demonstrate that they have obtained the support of provincial and territorial governments and health authorities.
The announcement comes as COVID-19 case counts continue to rise, albeit at slightly lower levels than the record daily counts seen in various regions in recent weeks.