VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported on flights coming into B.C., with over 40 flights arriving with people who have tested positive in just the last two weeks. Most of the domestic flights flagged by the BCCDC were from Toronto and Calgary and arrived between Jan. 5 and 11.
Most recently, the BCCDC says there were possible COVID-19 exposures on two flights from Toronto. The first is Air Canada 127 that arrived to Vancouver on Jan. 6 while the second is Air Canada 195 arriving in Victoria on Jan. 10.
— BCCDC (@CDCofBC) January 18, 2021
As B.C. continues to see potential exposure notices on flights coming into the province, Premier John Horgan continues to look at the possibility of an interprovincial travel ban in order to prevent Canadian visitors in other provinces from coming here.
The premier says he’s hearing loud and clear that people are concerned about travel and want it stopped.
“We have been trying our best to find a way to meet that objective of the public in a way that’s consistent with the Charter and other fundamental rights here in Canada, so legal advice is what we sought,” he said.
Meanwhile, new restrictions are in place for international travelers. They require all passengers flying to Canada from another country to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours prior to departure.
Canadians continue to be urged to avoid non-essential travel in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also announced a measure similar to Canada’s, requiring all international passengers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also extended the border closure between Canada and the U.S. to non-essential travel until Feb. 21. The restriction has been in place since last March.