BREAKING NEWS: Federal Gov't Likely To Urge Canadians To Avoid Int'l Travel

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

As planes are already taking off for March Break holidays, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government is considering asking Canadians to avoid travel outside the country in order to try to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

“We are looking at making a recommendation that people not travel outside the country except for essential purposes. That announcement will probably be made a little later today,” he said. 

Trudeau also said the government is planning enhanced screening measures at airports.

“We are going to be moving forward with more measures at airports.… There are a number of measures we will be bringing at the airports," he said.

The Prime Minister added that Canadians have good reason to be worried, but that “we can make a positive difference on how this unfolds” by following the advice of public health officials.

To date, the virus has infected more than 135,000 people worldwide and killed 4,981, according to GlobalNews.


Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.


Maguy Suissa - March 16, 2020 @ 08:24
I am an dépendant travel agent how are we going to pay our bills and leave without any revenue since we won’t be getting any commission is there any help from the government or with OPC since they won’t be refunding any of all cancellations!
Please try to find a reasonable solutions
Thank you for considering.

Juanita Antle - March 13, 2020 @ 15:36
I have worked as a Travel Consultant for 25+ years and we an Independent Travel Consultation for the last 3 years, I’ve I would like to know what kind of financial aid will be provide to me with my loss of business?

Micheline - March 13, 2020 @ 13:01
Agree - killing the industry is not the solution - people are accountable for their health habits, hygiene etc. Too many people have travelled sick and causing chaos. I wonder if the fact the PM wife tested positive has anything to do with it? Gee, we're not all politicians and VIPs shaking hands with everyone. Frustrating - bad enough I'm pre-quarantined just filling out too future credit travel forms for Florida and Europe. Hope Justin doesn't pull a Trump!

Tarun Bahl - March 13, 2020 @ 12:18
This will kill the travel industry for months to come. How does the hon'ble Prime Minister plan to help the businesses and their employees pay their bills?

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