14-day quarantine, travel restrictions extended to Feb. 21

14-day quarantine, travel restrictions extended to Feb. 21

OTTAWA — The federal government is extending the 14-day mandatory quarantine and travel restrictions until Feb. 21, 2021.

Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, posted the announcement yesterday.

“We are extending restrictions on non-US international travel into Canada until February 21st, 2021,” Blair said in a tweet. Our government will never hesitate to take the strong action needed to keep Canadians safe from #COVID19 while maintaining essential trade with our international partners.”

The move was expected, as in November 2020 the federal government indicated its intentions to align the U.S. and international travel extension dates, as well as the Mandatory Isolation Order, with an eye to enabling Ottawa to communicate any travel extensions or changes as quickly as possible.

Earlier this month Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the extension of the Canada – U.S. border closure, also to Feb. 21.

The Canada – U.S. border has been closed since mid-March 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple extensions have been announced over the past 10 months.