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Coronavirus: Do I need to quarantine after picking people up at a Canadian airport?

Last Updated Jun 4, 2020 at 2:01 pm PDT

FILE - Travellers are seen at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. Friday, March 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Everyone entering Canada from abroad must quarantine for 14 days

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Nikhil: “Do I have to self-quarantine for 14 days if I pick up my parents at the airport and drive them for an hour to go to their apartment?”



Everyone entering the country from abroad who isn’t suspected of having COVID-19 is required to go straight home from the airport and self-quarantine for 14 days – but the requirement does not extend to anyone who gives them a ride.

“Asymptomatic travellers are still at risk of infecting others and it is recommended that they do not have someone pick them up,” a Public Health Canada spokesperson told NEWS 1130.

“However, if required to do so, returning travellers must wear an appropriate non-medical mask or face covering at all times, should not make any stops on the way home and must practise physical distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquette at all times. This is also the case if they need to take a taxi or public transit to their home to quarantine.”

But Nikhil will have to self-isolate for two weeks if his parents develop symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are very mild.

“If you or your parents develop symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, stay home and isolate yourself from others,” the spokesperson said. “Immediately call a health-care professional or your public health authority.”

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