Ford asks federal government to extend 3-day mandatory quarantine to land borders

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government has sent the federal government a letter asking for quarantine measures at Canada’s airports to be extended to the land border with the United States, CBC News has learned. “We are requesting the implementation of a mandatory three-day hotel quarantine in federally designated hotels at the highest traffic crossings including those in Niagara, Windsor, Sarnia, and Brockville,” Ontario Deputy Premier Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said in the letter. “Some of these crossings, including the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, are located in close proximity to other crossings. It is important that all travelers in these regions are met with the same quarantine requirement, to ensure that all points of entry are protected.” On Feb. 22, the federal government implemented new quarantine measures at airports requiring all air travellers returning from non-essential trips abroad to isolate in a federally mandated facility for up to 72 hours while they await the results of a polymerase chain reaction test, commonly known as a PCR test, for COVID-19.

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