WRAPPING UP?

Canada's Vaccine Rule, Other Border Restrictions, Could be Lifted 30SEP

Canada Airport ArrivalsThe Order in Council that outlines most of the COVID regulations for entering Canada expires on 30SEP, and reports say that the federal government is going to let it expire. That would  mean that those pandemic restrictions could be over in just days.

The news broke on the weekend in the Toronto Star that the expiry of the Order in Council would result in the lifting of requirements for foreign arrivals to be vaccinated and the end of mandatory random testing for arrivals.

Subsequent media reports say other remaining COVID travel restrictions are likely to follow soon after. Those final relaxation of restrictions are thought to include the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app and even mandatory masking on airplanes.

Already, one of Canada’s airline executives has weighed in on the likely moves. WestJet’s CEO, Alexis von Hoensbroech, posted a message on social media calling the possible changes a “positive signal.”

He added to speculation that the expiry of the Order in Council could lead to the removal of the last remaining travel restrictions, saying, “Hopefully, it includes a transition of mandatory masking on airplanes, as well, and turn masking to ‘recommended but optional’ as it becomes increasingly unenforceable!”

 

Lynn Elmhirst

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With a background in broadcast news and travel lifestyles TV production, Lynn is just as comfortable behind or in front of the camera as she is slinging words into compelling stories at her laptop. Having been called a multi-media ‘content charmer’, Lynn’s other claim to fame is the ability to work 24/7, forgoing sleep until the job is done. Documented proof exists in a picture of Lynn at the closing celebrations of an intense week, standing, champagne in hand - sound asleep. That’s our kind of gal.

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