Premier François Legault wants all travellers returning to Quebec to quarantine at a hotel for two weeks immediately after arriving from the airport.
Legault says he wants the quarantine rooms to be “monitored,” and would mandate the stay to be for two weeks, and says travellers would be liable to pay for the duration of the hotel stay for 14 days.
Earlier this week, Legault urged Justin Trudeau and the federal government to ban all non-essential international flights, including people travelling on vacation and to all-inclusive resorts.
On Tuesday, the premier says he’s “very worried” about people returning from international travel, especially as March Break looms in the not-too-distant future. Legault says COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the province are too high for people to be leaving and returning to the country.
Legault said if the federal government doesn’t enact, Quebec will “see if we can put in place some measures ourselves in airports across Quebec.”
On Thursday, Legault said the Quebec government’s “alternative” is for “all travellers returning to the province to quarantine at hotels. There are plenty of vacancies, we have a lot of rooms in hotels across the province.”
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Legault said that as of Thursday, the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations have been completed in long-term care homes (CHSLDs) across the province.
“This is great news and we’re on the right track,” he said. “But, we still have a lot of things to do before us. The numbers are way too high overall in Quebec and we need to avoid off-limit activities.”