Some Canadians Skipping “Mandatory” Hotel Quarantine For C$880 Fine


Canada started to require three-night hotel quarantine for all arrivals this past Monday (read more here) at select hotels (read more here).

Some Canadians have now found out that it is cheaper to pay a fine of C$880 rather than C$2,000 for the hotel stay.

You can access Canada’s page for travel requirements here.

Here’s an excerpt from the HuffPost:

Several international travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., have refused to comply with a new rule requiring a three-day hotel quarantine, local police said Wednesday.

Peel Regional Police said that while most cases were resolved after conversations with officers, some people refused to follow the rules that took effect this week and were fined $880 under Ontario regulations.

Police said they will not detain anyone for breaking the hotel quarantine rule unless there are aggravating circumstances involved, such as a criminal offence.

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The stay at some of these quarantine hotels does cost far less than the initially announced C$2,000 that would have been rather a high price tag for a three-night stay at mostly very average properties. I am sure that it was floated to discourage non-essential travel further.

Some of these Covid-19 measurements that governments have tried to introduce have been unenforceable, as the case with the mandatory quarantine in Canada.

And most who cross the land border are considered “essential” and are not quarantined or even tested, and can spread the Covid-19 like anyone else.