COVID-19 border measures to ease July 5 for fully vaccinated Canadian travellers

OTTAWA — Changes to quarantine rules at the Canadian border will go into place for some fully vaccinated people beginning July 5, the federal government announced Monday. Canadian citizens, permanent residents and others already eligible to enter Canada who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine won’t have to quarantine, but will still need COVID-19 tests before they leave for Canada and once they arrive.But when the government will expand that approach to include other fully vaccinated groups — like tourists or non-essential business travellers — depends on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Monday. “One metric that Canadians can watch for is the rate of fully vaccinated Canadians that is at least 75 per cent,” Hadju told a news conference. She said Ottawa will also be closely watching “how the disease is behaving in Canada. Are we seeing sustained and prolonged outbreaks in regions of the country? How are we managing in terms of our own hospitalization rates and capacity?” The changes announced Monday follow Canada achieving a previously set target of ensuring 75 per cent of Canadians had a single dose of a vaccine, and 20 per cent were fully vaccinated, before border measures could be relaxed. That milestone was hit over the weekend. The new approach applies only to those who are fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson& Johnson vaccines. Travellers could have received the shots, or a combination of them, anywhere in the world but must be able to prove it with either a paper or digital certificate. That information, along with other travel data, will need to be uploaded into the government’s existing ArriveCAN application or website.Those who are only partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated at all, must still abide by the full suite of public health restrictions: testing before and upon arrival, a 14-day quarantine, a test towards the end of that quarantine, and if they arrive by air, staying for up to the first three nights in a government-approved hotel while they wait for the results of the first arrival test.Currently, only those aged 12 and older can be vaccinated, and while children travelling with fully vaccinated adults can skip the hotel quarantine, they will still need to quarantine at home for the full 14 days. Their fully vaccinated parents will be free to come and go, but public health officials said Monday children must quarantine to avoid the possibility they have COVID-19 and spread it in the community.The Canadian border closed to all but essential travel in March 2020, although Canadian citizens and permanent residents have always the right to enter. Some of their family members, international students and temporary foreign workers are also allowed in.On Monday the government expanded that list slightly to include about 23,000 people whose permanent residency applications have been approved since the border closed. The federal government has been under increased pressure from business, aviation and tourism groups to loosen restrictions at the border as the pace of vaccination increases. In May, the government’s expert panel on COVID-19 testing and screening laid out guidelines for how the border rules could be rolled back, recommending a phased approach. But it also said the government ought to immediately eliminate the mandatory hotel quarantine program, calling it too expensive to maintain and also inefficient, as it does not apply at land borders. Public health officials speaking a technical briefing Monday said the hotel program is catching cases among newly arrived travellers and so helps keep the virus from spreading in communities. Hajdu also noted Monday that panel submitted its report before it became clear the Delta variant of the virus was emerging as a dominant source of new infections.“This government believes that a prudent, careful and cautious approach to alleviating measures is what’s required,” she said.“We don’t want to see all of our hard work put at risk as a result of as a result of moving too quickly without truly understanding how the changes we’re proposing today will impact Canadians.”Stephanie Levitz is an Ottawa-based reporter covering federal politics for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @StephanieLevitz

COVID-19 border measures to ease July 5 for fully vaccinated Canadian travellers

OTTAWA — Changes to quarantine rules at the Canadian border will go into place for some fully vaccinated people beginning July 5, the federal government announced Monday.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and others already eligible to enter Canada who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine won’t have to quarantine, but will still need COVID-19 tests before they leave for Canada and once they arrive.

But when the government will expand that approach to include other fully vaccinated groups — like tourists or non-essential business travellers — depends on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Monday.

“One metric that Canadians can watch for is the rate of fully vaccinated Canadians that is at least 75 per cent,” Hadju told a news conference.

She said Ottawa will also be closely watching “how the disease is behaving in Canada. Are we seeing sustained and prolonged outbreaks in regions of the country? How are we managing in terms of our own hospitalization rates and capacity?”

The changes announced Monday follow Canada achieving a previously set target of ensuring 75 per cent of Canadians had a single dose of a vaccine, and 20 per cent were fully vaccinated, before border measures could be relaxed.

That milestone was hit over the weekend.

The new approach applies only to those who are fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson& Johnson vaccines.

Travellers could have received the shots, or a combination of them, anywhere in the world but must be able to prove it with either a paper or digital certificate.

That information, along with other travel data, will need to be uploaded into the government’s existing ArriveCAN application or website.

Those who are only partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated at all, must still abide by the full suite of public health restrictions: testing before and upon arrival, a 14-day quarantine, a test towards the end of that quarantine, and if they arrive by air, staying for up to the first three nights in a government-approved hotel while they wait for the results of the first arrival test.

Currently, only those aged 12 and older can be vaccinated, and while children travelling with fully vaccinated adults can skip the hotel quarantine, they will still need to quarantine at home for the full 14 days.

Their fully vaccinated parents will be free to come and go, but public health officials said Monday children must quarantine to avoid the possibility they have COVID-19 and spread it in the community.

The Canadian border closed to all but essential travel in March 2020, although Canadian citizens and permanent residents have always the right to enter.

Some of their family members, international students and temporary foreign workers are also allowed in.

On Monday the government expanded that list slightly to include about 23,000 people whose permanent residency applications have been approved since the border closed.

The federal government has been under increased pressure from business, aviation and tourism groups to loosen restrictions at the border as the pace of vaccination increases.

In May, the government’s expert panel on COVID-19 testing and screening laid out guidelines for how the border rules could be rolled back, recommending a phased approach.

But it also said the government ought to immediately eliminate the mandatory hotel quarantine program, calling it too expensive to maintain and also inefficient, as it does not apply at land borders.

Public health officials speaking a technical briefing Monday said the hotel program is catching cases among newly arrived travellers and so helps keep the virus from spreading in communities.

Hajdu also noted Monday that panel submitted its report before it became clear the Delta variant of the virus was emerging as a dominant source of new infections.

“This government believes that a prudent, careful and cautious approach to alleviating measures is what’s required,” she said.

“We don’t want to see all of our hard work put at risk as a result of as a result of moving too quickly without truly understanding how the changes we’re proposing today will impact Canadians.”

Stephanie Levitz is an Ottawa-based reporter covering federal politics for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @StephanieLevitz

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GARLAND, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Detectives in Garland are investigating after a man was fatally shot in a shopping center parking lot located in the 4300 block of West Walnut Street.

Described only as a Hispanic male by police, the victim was found lying on the ground in the parking lot at 1 a.m. on June 21. He died later from multiple gunshot wounds at the hospital.

Homicide detectives said they are investigating the death as a murder. They said it’s is unclear why the man was killed or who was involved in the shooting. They have yet to identify the victim as well.

Detectives are asking if anyone has any information regarding this shooting or can assist in the identification of the victim, to call 972-485-4840.

Callers can remain anonymous by calling Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $5,000 was issued for any information leading to the identity and arrest of those involved.

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