In an announcement this afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau communicated an escalation of efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These additional precautions by the Canadian Government include the closure of borders to non-Canadians / permanent residents of Canada.
It is important to note that these restrictions will not apply to commerce or trade. Additionally, there will be exemptions to this for U.S. citizens, diplomats, crew and the immediate family members of citizens. Passengers will be screened for symptoms when boarding flights to Canada, and international flights will only be allowed to land at the international airports in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
For more information:
- Trudeau closes Canadian borders to most foreign travellers amid coronavirus outbreak – Global News – March 16, 2020
- Canada to bar entry to travellers who are not citizens, permanent residents or Americans – CBC News – March 16, 2020
As the situation and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to develop in the Americas (Canada, US, Mexico) planning continues to take place at Buckland.
Presently, Buckland offices across Canada, the US and Mexico are open and fully operational. If required, our employees will transition to working remotely in order to minimize operational impact and safeguard our team members. We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and clients by postponing unnecessary travel and limiting office visits.
Buckland is closely monitoring the CDC, Health Canada and the World Health Organization for updates and will reach out with any further updates that could impact your business.