OTTAWA – Travellers leaving or entering Canada by air will soon have their temperature taken as part of COVID-19 measures.
Passengers showing a fever will not be allowed to board their flight in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
“Right now, physical distancing is still the best way to protect yourself and others,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. “Of course, there are some places, like on flights, where it’s not always possible to keep two metres apart. That’s exactly why we’ve made it mandatory for travellers and staff to wear masks.”
The federal government is mandating temperature checks for all flights into or out of Canada. Passengers with fever will not be allowed to board #cdnpoli
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Trudeau adds the government has spoken with airlines and airports on standards amid the coronavirus pandemic, such as enhanced cleaning.
The temperature checks will be phased in. Screening with people flying to Canada will be first, followed by screening for those leaving Canada.
The third phase will see temperature checks done on passengers travelling within Canada.
“Employees in the secured areas of airports will also be required to have their temperature checked,” Trudeau says, adding screenings will “add another layer of protection.”
Only four airports across the country are currently accepting international flights as part of the country’s COVID-19 response. The land border with the U.S. remains closed to non-essential traffic.