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Federal government invokes Quarantine Act

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March 25, 2020 at 12:35 pm - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

Any Canadians returning to Canada from traveling abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic will now have to quarantine themselves for 14 days, no exceptions.

The federal government’s Health Minister has now invoked the Quarantine Act, making self-isolation mandatory.

Minister Patty Hajdu said at the Senate today that the government is done asking those returning to Canada to respect the request to stay at home, so now they will be forced to.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said that mandatory isolation will apply to all travelers, including those from the U.S., but that it will not apply to those deemed to be doing “essential work.”

The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Canada was at 1,959 as of 9 am MDT March 25th.

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