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Travellers returning to Canada may catch connecting flights to the Interior before self-isolating, says B.C. premier

Premier John Horgan
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April 08, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Premier John Horgan announced new measures today, April 8, to make sure people have a legally acceptable self-isolation plan in place when they arrive at an airport or land border crossing.

But, that plan could mean getting on connecting flights out of Vancouver International Airport to places like Kelowna or Kamloops, as long as they don’t show any symptoms and are cleared to continue their journeys.

Tomorrow will see the last international flights landing in Kelowna and Victoria from Seattle. After that, all international travellers coming to B.C. will have to fly through Vancouver or Calgary before connecting to other B.C. cities.

Provincial officials will be on hand at Vancouver International Airport and major land border crossings to make sure self-isolation plans are suitable.

Horgan stressed that, while the province welcomes back residents who have been out of the country for some time, some may be returning from countries that do not have as stringent rules.

“Coming back to Canada and then stopping off at the golf course to hit a bucket of balls or maybe going to pick up some groceries and stopping at a buddy’s place is not self-isolating,” he noted.

If people don’t have a plan, the provincial and federal governments are looking at setting up places where returning travellers can stay for the 14-day isolation period.

Forms can be filled out on-line or on the plane or on arrival at the airport.

The measures were put in place in anticipation of “snowbirds” returning from other countries, including the U.S.

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