Canada Launches Pilot Testing Program for Covid to Reduce Quarantine Time

By Paul Riegler on 23 October 2020
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Canada is launching a pilot program that will test international travelers for the coronavirus, allowing them to end the country’s strict 14-day quarantine with receipt of a negative result.

The news was announced by Alberta premier Jason Kenney on Thursday.

The program, which is being piloted at Calgary International Airport in Alberta as well as at one land border crossing, will start on November 2.

“We must find ways to bring back safe travel if we’re ever going to get the economy firing again on all cylinders,” Kennedy said, calling the program “a sign of hope.”

Canada has had a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine rule in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Those wishing to participate in the program would commit to getting a second test for the coronavirus six or seven days after arrival. They also must check-in with health authorities and follow other public health measures.

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