February 15, 2022
Cabinet will change COVID-19 rules for cross-border travellers this week, said Blacklock’s Reporter, however the Department of Health didn’t say if the changes are influenced by the Freedom Convoy truckers’ protests.
“With everything that’s evolving we are actively examining the advice for travellers,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer.
“We do have to adapt our border stance because we know it’s pretty impossible to reduce every single case of importation,” said Tam. “It’s already in Canada.”
Pro Freedom Convoy demonstrations in Ottawa and elsewhere across the country follow a federal order set forth on Jan. 15, 2022, implementing the need to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for private sector workers, such as cross-border truckers.
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told reporters Friday some restrictions will be changed.
“Our government is actively reviewing the measures in place at our borders and we should be able to communicate changes on this next week,” said Duclos, providing no further details on what specific restrictions will be changed.
The health minister said the point of restrictions was “obviously” to serve Canadians, protecting their health and safety.
“We have all heard the phrase that we have to live with the virus. We all agree we have to learn to live with the virus, but what concretely does it mean?” said Duclos, adding that it is “very likely” the virus will have “unpleasant surprises” in the coming months.
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