Earlier today, Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford announced that the province is in a state of emergency. He has mandated that no public gatherings of more than 50 people take place. Needless to say, this will impact businesses of all kinds. Many restaurants are either closing their doors or offering take out options only. Movie theatres have shut down for the time being. As, as you can imagine, the travel industry has been severely impacted.
The Government of Canada has advised all Canadians to avoid any non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. As reported on Canada.ca, many countries have put travel or border restrictions in place as well as other measures, such as movement restrictions and quarantines.
“Airlines have cancelled flights,” confirms the website, “New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected. If you have plans to travel, contact your airline or tour operator to determine options for cancelling or postponing your trip.”
At a time like this, most Canadians are not likely to make any travel plans for the immediate future. As we’ve been hearing from both the provincial and federal governments, the top activity of choice is to stay at home. This is the best way to minimize or stop the spread of COVID-19. For many other Canadians, however, travelling outside of Canada may be a necessity. No matter the reason for the trip, there are some precautions that are highly advised.
Check the Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice before travelling, urges Canada.ca. That way, you’ll be aware of the health risks associated with your destination. It’s important to understand the risks of your safety and security abroad. As well, ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted.
“It is important to remember that if you travel abroad, you could be subject to the measures of other countries,” warns the government website, “Your one-week trip may become much longer. You may also have reduced access to quality health care.”
Canada.ca also strongly advises people to avoid spending time in large crowds or crowded areas. “Avoid contact with sick people, especially if they have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing,” insists the site, “Be aware of the local situation and follow local public health advice.”
All travellers are reminded to follow standard health precautions. Of course, it remains imperative that you wash your hands regularly. Use warm water and soap and be thorough with the washing routine for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. In addition, it’s a must you practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette.
“Cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs,” instructs the Government of Canada website, “If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.” Be sure to closely monitor your health while abroad. If you become sick, avoid contact with others and seek a health care professional. If you feel sick upon your return to Canada, be sure to inform the flight attendant or a Canadian border services officer.
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