Calgary implements mandatory self-isolation for international travellers

Mar 18 2020, 11:53 am

The City of Calgary is cracking down on their rules for international travellers.

In a COVID-19 update on Tuesday evening, Director of Calgary Emergency Management Tom Sampson announced that the city would be implementing a mandatory self-isolation of 14 days for anyone returning to Calgary from international travel.

Self-isolation had already been strongly recommended for returning Calgarians prior to Tuesday’s announcement.

“Physical distancing is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our community,” said Sampson in a release from the city.

“This means calling on friends and family for support with errands or groceries or utilizing grocery delivery services. You must stay home if you’re not well. It is a danger if you don’t.”

The mandatory isolation does not apply to visitors who do not leave the Calgary International Airport.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi also noted in the update that city services such as police, fire, water, transit, and recycling will continue as usual and are managing well, though he also noted that Calgarians should stay inside as much as they are able to.

“Stay home, be kind, save lives – this is what we can all do to help reduce the risk of community transmission and keep ourselves and our community healthy,” said Nenshi in the release.

Those who do have to venture out of their homes via public transit are asked to board at the rear of the bus when boarding at the Calgary International Airport in an effort to keep operators safe.

Calgary Transit has also been sanitizing buses and C-Trains daily, the release states.

“We’re maintaining essential City services, safe clean drinking water will continue running, transit will keep operating and if you have an emergency, you can still call 911 for help from fire, police and ambulance,” Sampson said.

There has been no increase in criminal activity since the coronavirus situation escalated last week, according to the city, and supply chains in Alberta are being maintained with no issues.

“There is no need to stockpile or hoard and grocery stores will remain open,” states the release.

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.