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Federal quarantine hotel in Toronto won’t be fully closed after 13 staff test positive for COVID-19

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2021 6:49 pm 2:31Toronto Public Health looking into possible COVID-19 outbreak at quarantine hotel WATCH ABOVE: Toronto Public Health is investigating a possible COVID-19 outbreak at a quarantine hotel in Etobicoke. Erica Vella reports. TORONTO — Public health officials in Toronto say they won’t fully shut down a federal quarantine hotel for international travellers where more than a dozen staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.Thirteen staff at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.Toronto Public Health says inspections on Tuesday found some areas for improvement like more restrictions in the lunch room, more signage and centralized screening. Trending Stories It says the workplace implement...

Travellers can avoid paying for Canada’s hotel quarantine

Travellers entering Canada by air can avoid paying more than $1,000 each for a mandatory quarantine because the federal government will pay the whole bill, Global News has learned.In fact, the government is providing free accommodations at one of the most comfortable spots on Toronto’s airport strip: all someone arriving from outside Canada needs to tell health officers is that they can’t afford the three-day package at one of the 19 hotels enrolled in the government program.Or, in the case of an Ontario woman returning home after several months outside the country, all it takes is for the original hotel to mess up the reservation and not have a room ready on arrival.The woman, who Global News agreed not to identify because she fears reprisals from the government for speaking about her exp...

Hotels taking advantage of Canada’s COVID-19 quarantine rules, some travellers allege

When Natalia Pinzón boarded the flight for her trip to Toronto in March to start a first-year college program in the city, she was fully aware of Canada’s new quarantine rules that require incoming, international travellers to spend up to three days at a designated airport hotel while waiting for coronavirus test results.What the 19-year-old Colombian woman said she didn’t realize until arriving at the hotel was that she would be charged more than four times the price she had been quoted in writing before boarding the airplane.“I was expecting to pay $80 a night, but the quarantine package cost $360 a night,” Pinzón told Global News in an interview.She said she and a family member were upfront when making the booking, explaining she was coming from outside the country and would need to pay...

Drop in international air travel arrivals after feds impose new rules: data

Canada’s new testing and quarantine rules for international air travellers appear to have convinced even more Canadians to stay put in recent weeks.Most Canadians had been heeding the government’s plea not to travel outside the country, with or without the new restrictions.Weekly statistics provided by the Canada Border Services Agency show international air travel during the pandemic is less than a 10th what it was before COVID-19.The data show there was a small increase in international air travel after Christmas, with almost 170,000 people arriving in Canada between Dec. 28 and Jan. 10.That compares with about 128,000 between Dec. 14 and Dec. 27. Story continues below advertisement In the last two weeks of January international arrivals fell to 106,000 people, and in the first two weeks...

Travellers booking COVID-19 quarantine hotels report long wait times, lack of options

Before flying to visit relatives in Taiwan during a family health scare earlier this year, Dr. Rosa Wu, a psychotherapist who lives in the Vancouver area, weighed the pros and cons of travelling as Canada promised to implement stricter travel measures in the coming weeks.What she didn’t anticipate was how difficult it would be to comply with those measures, which include a requirement that travellers book hotel stays for three days on arrival. When Dr. Wu’s husband called the government phone line set up for travellers to make the bookings, it took him three tries and nearly 10 hours to get through to an agent, she said.“I’m not angry at the fact that we have to do this,” Dr. Wu said from her room at the Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver airport. “I think it’s about time Canada implemented str...

Flying back to Canada? Here’s what you can expect at the new COVID-19 quarantine hotels

The federal government has a message for Canadians: Now is not the time to travel.On Monday, Canada’s mandatory COVID-19 quarantine hotel stays will go into effect. The new rule is part of an effort to reduce non-essential travel and get ahead of the new virus variants — three of which have already been confirmed inside the country.Anyone flying into Canada will be forced to stay in an approved hotel either in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario or Quebec while they await negative test results.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had initially touted a hefty $2,000 stay per room, but the cost is expected to be much lower and will be set by the hotels. Story continues below advertisement A spokesperson from the Hotel Association of Canada told Global News the cost of each stay will “vary between ho...

COVID-19: Calgary man says he was given no reason for quarantine in undisclosed hotel

When Mitch Beaulieu arrived home in Calgary from a business trip to Florida on Jan. 25, he says he was whisked away by police and security in a van with blacked-out windows and taken to an undisclosed quarantine location.“They’re just like ushering me out. I’m like, ‘What is happening here? Like, I don’t want to go with you guys. Where are we going?’ They’re like, ‘Sir, we can’t tell you where you’re going,’” he said Wednesday.Beaulieu said he was quarantined for three days without his luggage while a guard stood outside his room.“I thought I was in a sci-fi movie. It was unbelievable,” he said. “I get there and everything is plastic, white. Those really bright lights. Everyone is wearing yellow suits and masks.” Story continues below advertisement Beaulieu said he asked everyone he ...

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