The federal government has imposed hundreds of fines since February 22 for passengers who refused to be isolated at a designated hotel upon arrival in Canada – usually $ 3,000 each.
Nevertheless, the government has not been able to provide the CBC message with the total number of persons violating the rule that travelers entering Canada must be tested for COVID-19 and isolated in a hotel while waiting for its results.
When the CBC tried to find out the total number of hotel isolation violations, there was no evidence that passengers who landed in Calgary or Montreal were fined – two out of four cities, including Vancouver and Toronto, where international flights are allowed during disasters.
500+ tickets for those landing in Toronto and Vancouver
The Public Health Agency of Canada (BHAC) told the CBC News last week that it was aware of 513 tickets being issued to passengers arriving in Toronto or Vancouver from February 22 to April 25 and had refused to go to an isolated hotel. In those cities, the company said both BHAC officers and police can issue tickets.
PHAC said the rules are different in Calgary and Montreal, so check with local authorities for ticket statistics. The CBC did and found no sign that anything had been delivered.
But that does not mean that all travelers to those two cities obeyed the rules. CBC News interviewed several passengers who had recently landed in Montreal or Calgary, refused to be isolated at a hotel and had not yet been fined.
“I’m sure [police] Saskatchewan flew from Puerto Vallarta to Calgary on April 26, said Snowbert Allen Brout of Yorkton. “I say the real culprits are there. I’m not a criminal.”
Prude refused to check into an isolated hotel – up to $ 2,000 – and because he wanted to do his full 14-day isolation at his home.
“I think it’s as safe as having my ass come home and sit here for two weeks,” he said.
Proud said his name would be sent to the RCMP by a government official at the airport, but so far no one has fined him.
“No visit, no phone call, nothing.”
‘This is my right’
The federal government’s hotel isolation requirement came into effect on February 22 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
When passengers leave the hotel and their COVID-19 test results turn out to be negative, they can complete 14 days of isolation at home. Those with positive results are transferred to another isolated hotel.
From February 22 to April 23, PHAC reported that 1.9 percent of the 168,887 passengers on board COVID-19 tested positive after entering Canada.
On March 21, Cynthia Vignola flew from Colombia to Montreal.
“I have no reason to go to the hotel with others when I live in the country[side], Alone, “he said.
In a video of Vignola being shot at Montreal airport, a man – identified as a PHAC officer – told her in French that he would be fined in the mail for refusing to isolate him at a hotel.
Six weeks later, Vignola said his fine had not yet arrived.
“I’m not surprised,” she said. “It is my right to return to my country without hindrance.”
Meanwhile, several passengers who landed in Vancouver and Toronto said they arrived immediately Tickets at the airport For refusing to isolate in a hotel.
The officer gave him 4,450 (plus 3,000 and extra) tickets at the airport.
“[The PHAC officer said] “I think we’ll write you a ticket,” Sanders said. ” 15 more minutes she came back with a ticket and I went. “
Dr. Seenivas Murthy, an epidemiologist in Vancouver, said the best way to implement public health measures is to keep the rules simple and straightforward.
“If you don’t implement this for everyone, it will become a meaningless project,” Murthy said.
CBC News asked PHAC why its officials did not ticket hotel privacy violators at airports in Montreal and Calgary.
In Quebec and Alberta, the company responded that fines related to segregation are subject to provincial jurisdiction and told CBC News to check with provincial and municipal officials the number of fines issued.
In a separate email, PHAC spokeswoman Anne Kenyer said, “No total number of passengers refusing to be isolated. [hotel]. “
In Alberta, RCMP and Coal Police said they did not impose fines on each hotel hotel requirement.
Coal Police spokeswoman Emma Poole says Alberta has never accepted federalism. Violation law – This allows the police to ticket people for federal crimes – If a PHAC officer starts complaining, Coal Police can only investigate someone who refuses to be isolated in a hotel.
“If someone agrees with PHAC and leaves the airport without checking into their hotel, we can not do that unless PHAC complains,” Poole said in an email.
In Quebec, the PHIC claims that fines are imposed by provincial prosecutors.
However, Quebec’s director of criminal and criminal cases said the hotel did not provide any fines related to the need for isolation.
Quebec’s health ministry told CBC News that the federal government, not the province, was responsible for enforcing Canada’s travel rules.
The CBC informed PHAC that there was no evidence that the hotel had imposed an isolated fine on passengers who landed in Montreal and Coal.
When asked if this would cause concern, PHAC reiterated that there are different methods of issuing tickets to Alberta and Quebec.