Government of Canada issues travel advisory for Italy due to widespread transmission of COVID-19

Mar 11 2020, 7:46 am

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for Italy.

According to its advisory, updated on March 11, it is asking Canadians to “avoid non-essential travel to Italy due to widespread community transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and movement restrictions put in place to contain it.”

Canada’s travel advisory continues by stating that the Government of Italy has imposed restrictive measures throughout the country to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Additionally, it says that from March 9 to April 3, 2020:

  • Travel to and from Italy is controlled
  • Movements within the country are allowed for reasons of work, health and demonstrated necessity
  • Schools, museums and cultural sites are closed
  • Public and private events are suspended
  • Establishments such as restaurants and bars must operate under special conditions and limited business hours

“Health screenings are conducted in many locations, including along major highways and transport lines. Further measures may be imposed as the situation evolves,” reads the advisory.

“Some airlines have suspended or reduced flights to and from parts of the country. It could be increasingly difficult to leave the country.”

On Tuesday, Air Canada announced it was suspending all flights to and from Italy amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Earlier this week, COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in Italy were extended to the entire country. The new measures are to combat and contain the increasing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus across the nation.