Confusion abounds as Ottawa introduces new pandemi

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A hastily assembled plan to test all non-American international travellers to Canada for COVID-19 has prompted confusion among passengers and airport operators alike — because the federal government has released few details about how the new rules will be implemented.

With the omicron variant in circulation2021 … another year marked by COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government announced Tuesday it would make all incoming passengers from non-U.S. foreign destinations get another COVID-19 test when they arrive in Canada. This new test is in addition to the pre-departure molecular?test that all travellers must undergo before leaving for Canadaof up to 10 physically-distanced people are permitted (but no indoor gatherings). Outdoor physical and recreational activities are also permitted with up to 10 physically-distanced people of all ages..

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Wednesday the new arrival testing program will take effect immediatelyUp for a post-pandemic. “That is starting today,” the minister told reporters. But there are?no signs today that the program is actually up and running.

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“One concern is just when this goes into effect … something even Air Canada and WestJet appear not to know,” Cameron Turner, a traveller from Victoria, B.C., asked CBC News. “Another concern is just where travellers are expected to self isolate while waiting for their test results.”

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