Vaccinated snowbirds say they’re being ‘punished’ with Canada’s COVID-19 hotel quarantine – National

Some among the thousands of snowbirds flocking back to Canada for the spring are expressing frustration over having to undergo the federally mandated hotel quarantine — even after getting shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. The new quarantine measures, which went into effect in late February, include additional PCR tests for those flying back once […]

Vaccinated Americans can resume travel without COVID-19 tests or quarantine: CDC – National

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said fully vaccinated people against COVID-19 can safely travel at “low risk” after the agency had held off for weeks on revising guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips. The announcement lifting the agency’s guidance that all Americans should avoid non-essential travel should be a […]

Reports of shortened quarantine for NHL players ‘a slapshot in the face’: advocates

Advocates are calling on the federal government to reduce their mandatory two-week COVID-19 quarantine for all Canadians in response to reports of incoming NHL players having their quarantines shortened. Faces of Advocacy, an organization rallying to reunite families at the Canadian border, called on the federal government to reduce their mandatory quarantines for Canadians […]

Alberta humanitarian aid worker calling for hotel quarantine exemptions

Fletch is seeking an exemption to the hotel quarantine rule for aid workers like herself. She said she can quarantine safely at home, like she has for the past six months.Fletch said she’s never contracted COVID-19 and takes all the necessary precautions, like frequent hand washing and social distancing. She lives in Red Deer, and […]

Charges stayed against Kentucky man ticketed for violating COVID-19 quarantine rules in Banff

Charges have been stayed against a Kentucky man accused of violating a quarantine order in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains last June. John Pennington was given a $1,200 ticket on June 25 after staff at a Banff hotel called the RCMP saying they believed a U.S. citizen was violating the Alberta Public Health Act during the […]

U.K. eyes tougher quarantine rules amid risk of ‘vaccine-busting’ coronavirus variants – National

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he was looking at toughening border quarantine rules because of the risk of “vaccine-busting” new coronavirus variants. New variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are opening up the prospect of a much longer battle against the pathogen than previously thought. Scientists fear the new variants […]

‘If you’re yelling at us… thank you’: Alberta MLA on colleagues’ travel during COVID-19

Two Alberta ministers admitted Tuesday they were also angry and frustrated to learn several of their colleagues participated in non-essential travel over the holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE: Tany Yao is sixth Alberta MLA confirmed to have travelled abroad amid COVID-19 Both Health Minister Tyler Shandro and new Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver […]

U.S. CDC set to shorten recommended length of coronavirus quarantine – National

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to shorten the recommended length of quarantine after exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19, as the virus rages across the nation. According to a senior administration official, the new guidelines, which are set to be released as soon as Tuesday evening, will […]

Tokyo Olympics athletes won’t need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival: organizers – National

Athletes arriving in Tokyo for next year’s Olympic Games, postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be exempt from the 14-day isolation period Japan has imposed on anyone arriving from overseas to help stop the virus spreading. Olympic organizers said on Thursday details still need to be worked out, but measures for athletes are likely […]

‘We’re suffering and they don’t care’: No border travel exemption for Point Roberts

Residents of Point Roberts, WA. who’ve been landlocked by the Canada-U.S. border since the 49th parallel crossing was closed to non-essential travel in March are frustrated to learn newly eased restrictions don’t apply to them. “We’re suffering and they don’t care,” Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce president Brian Calder told Global News Saturday. “It’s ludicrous… […]