Federal government follows through with travel advisory for Canadians

TORONTO — The federal government has followed through with an advisory for Canadians against all non-essential travel outside of Canada amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Word came this morning that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was expected to announce the new advisory later today.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, spoke at a press conference. “Today my advice is to postpone or cancel all non-essential travel outside of Canada. This means reconsidering vacations,” as well as entertainment events and large conferences, said Tam.

“By making the choice to stay at home and not travel outside of Canada, you are protecting yourself, your family and doing your part to help us slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the persons who are most vulnerable in our communities.”

She added: “If you travel abroad, you could be subject to the measures of other countries. Your one week trip may become much longer. You may also have reduced access to quality health care.”

The news comes as a growing list of cruise lines, theme parks and at least one tour operator announce they are suspending operations for anywhere from several weeks up to two months.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says cruise ships with more than 500 people will not be able to dock in Canada until July 1.

As well, overseas flights returning to Canada will also be restricted to a small number of airports.

There was no mention of how this would all be coordinated.

In the meantime U.S. President Trump is expected to make an address at 3 p.m. today.

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