More than 100 passengers arriving in Vancouver refuse ‘mandatory’ hotel quarantine


More than 100 passengers arriving at Vancouver International Airport have refused to quarantine at a government-authorized hotel since the “mandatory” three-day quarantine was introduced on Feb. 22. This comes as the B.C. Centre for Disease Control reported 23 flights either departing or arriving at Vancouver International Airport with a COVID-sick passenger on board since the start of April. Public Health Agency of Canada spokesperson Tammy Jarbeau said the agency was aware of 106 tickets that had been issued to travellers arriving in B.C. without having booked a GAA (government-authorized accommodation) hotel “and subsequently refusing to go to one” since Feb. 22. Those people face up to $3,000 a day in fines, Jarbeau said. A three-night stay in a GAA costs around $2,500. It isn’t known how many of those 106 tickets will be paid or how many may be challenged in court. COVID-sick passengers continue to pour into B.C. and Canada.

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