These are the New Rules on Domestic Travel – Denial of Boarding to Those Exhibiting COVID-19 Symptoms


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Today, Justin Trudeau announced that people who are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms will be denied boarding domestic flights and trains. This is part of the Government of Canada’s new measures to contain the spread of the virus and will come into effect on March 30, 2020 at noon EDT.

These measures do not apply to commuter trains.

The new domestic transportation measures:

  • All air operators and intercity passenger rail companies should conduct a health check of travellers before they board a flight/train within Canada or departing from Canada, and based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • The health check will include company representatives asking simple health questions, looking for visible signs of illness prior to boarding, and recommending the passenger follow guidance from local health authorities.
  • Air operators & intercity passenger rail companies should refuse boarding to a passenger that presents COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The denial will remain in effect for a period of 14 days, or until a medical certificate is presented that confirms that the traveller’s symptoms are not related to COVID-19.
  • Air operators should notify travellers that they may be subject to provincial or territorial measures at their final destination.

Intercity passenger rail operators required to follow the new measures include:

  • Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd.;
  • Keewatin Railway Company;
  • Ontario Northland Transportation Commission;
  • Pacific & Arctic Railway Navigation,
  • British Columbia & Yukon Railway,
  • British Yukon Railway doing business as White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad (WP&YR);
  • Transport Ferroviaire Tshiuetin Inc.;
  • VIA Rail Canada Inc.

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the transportation industry, travellers, shippers and the economy. We recognize the importance of the continued movement of goods and the ongoing delivery of essential services in Canada’s response to COVID‑19, while taking necessary measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians. Today’s announcement is another step in the right direction and will ensure alignment on a national level. I also want to thank all essential workers in the trade and transportation sector for continuing to provide services that benefit Canadians and the economy in this difficult time.”

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