Len Desharnois says he believes it is a reasonable idea that international travelers need hotel isolation in Canada during epidemics.
But shortly after arriving in Vancouver from Bangkok on March 18, he said he decided not to go to his booked isolated hotel because he realized that the ride to the hotel and the observations he had made did not have proper COVID-19 safety precautions. Upon arrival.
“It’s a joke. It’s not safe for me,” Desarnice said.
He is one of hundreds of international travelers facing the need for hotel isolation in Canada, designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
As of March 30, airline passengers entering Canada had been issued 219 tickets, which they refused to isolate at a designated hotel, according to the Public Health Service of Canada (PHAC). The fine for exceeding the requirement is $ 3,000.
CBC News interviewed two passengers, including Desarnice, who say they violated the rules for security reasons and have not yet been fined.
On Feb. 22 The federal government is mandatory Passengers entering Canada must take a COVID-19 test and be isolated for three days at a government-approved hotel to wait for their test results. Passengers have to pay a bill for accommodation, which can cost up to $ 2,000.
Passengers who test negative can go home to complete their 14-day isolation. Positive test takers will be transferred to another designated government facility.
Desharnois, an Albert who emigrated to Thailand 10 years ago, was returning to Canada to work as a security consultant in the oil industry at Fort McMurray in the Alta.
He said he was worried about getting to his isolated hotel after taking the hotel shuttle bus from the airport.
“I’m worried it’s not a safe situation.”
Desharnois said the spacecraft’s driver handled the passengers’ luggage without wearing gloves or first disinfecting the bags; The spacecraft was packed, so he was not physically far from the other passengers; There is no Flexi Class between passenger and driver.
“He’s been around with so many passengers all day. I was worried.”
After arriving at the insulated hotel, Desharnois said an employee did not take any precautionary measures when handling passengers’ luggage.
Current evidence suggests The main route of transmission of COVID-19 is through close contact with the infected person, but it can still occur by touching the contaminated surface.
BC Desarnice said Prince George decided to leave this time at a friend’s house in the city and do his 14-day isolation.
“If you feel that a job is unsafe, not only do you have the right, you have to deny it. So I take it in my personal life as well.”
‘It’s not about security’
Funny LaPoint said he had also decided to avoid the need to isolate the hotel for security reasons and had not yet been fined for doing so.
“What’s even safer, going directly to your place and not seeing any people, or going to the hotel and seeing a lot of people?” Said Lapoint, who lives outside of Montreal.
He said he flew to Las Vegas to attend a friend’s wedding and when he returned to Montreal on March 11, he went straight home.
A friend who was staying at an isolated hotel earlier that month told Lapoint that he was allowed to leave his room during his stay, and Lapoint said he decided he would be safely isolated at home.
“She was able to do what she wanted,” Lapoint said, adding that he also opposes the high price of hotel accommodation.
“It’s just to punish travelers. It’s not about safety.”
Many travelers staying in isolated hotels have complained to the CBC News that they are considering less COVID-19 security measures. Crowded waiting areas And guests leaving their hotel rooms.
“There’s no security, nothing to stop us from leaving the room,” said Snowman Bob Artern, of Lunenberg, N.S. He was staying in an isolated hotel in Toronto in early April, after returning from a winter stay in Curacao on the Caribbean island.
The public health agency responds
Dummy Jarbo, spokesman for the Public Health Service of Canada (BHAC), told CBC News that the agency’s health and safety requirements are being met by inviting isolated guests and making regular visits to hotels.
Hotel guests can also file a complaint with the PHAC, Jarbo said.
“Hotels that do not comply with the requirements set out by PHIC will no longer be used as an isolated hotel,” Giorgio said in an email.
At this point, the government is there Approved 59 isolated hotels, Located near international airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, are currently the only cities in Canada where international flights are allowed to land.
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Jarbo also said that it is their responsibility to ensure that isolated passengers stay in their hotel room. According to the government website, Guests can leave their rooms at scheduled outdoor time, but must leave by security.
In January, 0.5 percent of COVID-19 cases in Canada came before the hotel segregation rule went into effect. Related to international travel, According to PHAC. That number fell to 0.4 percent in February and March.
The company said the figures were “underestimating” real numbers.
Hotel Isolated Court War
Lapoint and Desharnais said they would fight it if they were fined by the PHAC for refusing to isolate a hotel.
“I already know the lawyers and I’m ready to compete like that,” Lapayint said.
The need for government isolation already faces the legal battle of the Canadian Constitutional Foundation (CCF), an organization that advocates for constitutional rights.
On March 22, A judge was dismissed CCF for a restraining order suspending the hotel’s isolation requirement while the case is before the courts.
Judge Frederick L. Myers wrote in his judgment that it was in the public interest to deny the injunction in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
However, Myers said the constitutional requirement for hotel isolation has not yet been determined in court.
The PHAC said it could not comment on a case before the courts.