Passengers flying into Canada will need COVID test

Starting January 7, all air passengers five years of age or older flying into Canada, including Canadians, will be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their scheduled departure to Canada.

Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The Government of Canada will be further increasing surveillance efforts to ensure travellers entering Canada complete the applicable mandatory 14-day quarantine period under the Quarantine Act.

As has been the case for months, all travellers will have their quarantine plans reviewed by a government official and, if not suitable, will be required to quarantine in a federal quarantine facility. Travellers to Canada must use the ArriveCAN App or website and provide accurate contact information and their mandatory 14-day quarantine plan on or before entry.

Violating any instructions provided when you enter Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.

Canadians who are currently travelling and returning to Canada soon should start immediately arranging for a COVID-19 test, to avoid a delay in their return to Canada. Canadians who are planning to travel abroad should consider how they will meet these requirements before departure.

On Thursday, the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry extended the current Public Health Order on Gatherings and Events in British Columbia until midnight February 5, 2021. Residents of Creston have worked incredibly hard over the last year to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. From December 27 to January 2, there were was one case of COVID-19 in the Creston Local Health Area.

The Provincial Health Officer restrictions mean all British Columbians must only socialize with people who live in their households, or core bubble.

Everyone must continue to avoid any non-essential travel.

The Provincial Health Officer has also developed new guidance to clarify essential and social visitation, to further support families and operators balance resident and staff safety in long term care homes across the province. The guidance is available here.

The BC Business Recovery Grant provides eligible businesses up to $30,000 and up to $45, 000 for eligible tourism related businesses for expenses such as installing new safety measures, adding e-commerce and purchasing new equipment. Grants are limited, so apply now.