Travellers breaking self-isolation law could face $1 million fines & jail time
As of midnight on Wednesday night, travellers that return to Canada are required by the Quarantine Act to stay at home for two weeks. It’s no longer a recommendation, people. This is for real.
The Canadian government has invoked the Quarantine Act which includes hefty fines of up to $1 million and three years in jail for “willfully or recklessly” disobey the law. This would only occur if them disobeying the law meant they cause “risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person.”
In plain English, if you get caught breaking the Quarantine Act with or without COVID-19, you could face certain penalties. If you have COVID-19 and you break the law, well, you can expect very severe consequences much closer to the aforementioned ones.
“We have decided that now is the time to make that measure mandatory”: Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says that travellers returning to Canada will be forced to self-isolate. More here: https://t.co/FWDEyCnScw pic.twitter.com/UNlDaLTRoM
— CTV News (@CTVNews) March 25, 2020
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said that Canadians coming across the border will be flagged and have their contact info recorded. How they’ll be monitored after that is anyone’s guess, but we’re hoping people are responsible enough to adhere to the honour system.
Public health officials have consistently said that the self-isolation period should be 2 weeks long which is the incubation period of COVID-19. Trust us, we’ve been self-isolating for months now and it’s really not too bad. Yes, it’s by choice, but that’s neither here nor there.