Hundreds of fines issued for quarantine hotel non-compliance: PHAC


The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) says hundreds of fines have been issued to travellers arriving in Canada for refusal to quarantine in a government-authorized hotel. The agency told in an emailed statement on Wednesday that 404 tickets have been issued to travellers as of April 19 for refusing to stay in a quarantine hotel. PHAC said 247 tickets have been issued in Ontario and 157 in British Columbia. The agency said it does not have any records of tickets being issued in Quebec, as tickets there are issued by provincial prosecutors and not by law enforcement. PHAC said it is also not aware of any enforcement actions taken in Alberta for travellers refusing to go to a government-authorized accommodation (GAA). Since Feb. 22, international travellers flying into Canada have had to get tested for COVID-19 upon landing and quarantine in a government-authorized hotel at their own expense while waiting for their test results. This can take up to three days and cost up to $2,000. Fines for refusing to do so can cost up to $3,000 for each day of non-compliance.

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