Important Update: Canada extends travel restrictions to July 21
Today, June 18, the Canadian government confirmed it is extending travel restrictions for another month. A phased reopening plan will be announced on Monday.
The minister of public safety, Bill Blair, confirmed the news via Twitter. In the tweet he mentioned the country is extending travel restrictions on non-essential international travel until July 21st, 2021.
Blair also said the government is planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, and others who are currently exempt from the restrictions, to enter Canada. More information will become available on Monday.
There has been much discussion about travel restrictions, however, last week the government announced that it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens in early July.
“We are looking forward to getting back to normal as quickly as possible,” said Trudeau during a Friday morning virtual news conference from Rideau Cottage. “But we’re not out of this pandemic yet, we’re still seeing cases across the country and we want to get them down.”
During today’s update focused on vaccines and the federal government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Trudeau stressed that they are sticking with the principle of “doing everything necessary to keep Canadians safe even as we move forward on loosening restrictions in a responsible way”.
In the past Trudeau said that it would take 75 per cent of Canadians with their first dose and 20 per cent of Canadians with two doses before restrictions can be lifted.
Currently, 61% of all Canadians have had at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the government’s vaccination dashboard.
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