Canada is closed for visitors !

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced most foreign nationals would be banned from entering Canada to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but USA citizens are exempt. The 27-nation European Union proposed shutting its external borders for 30 days on Monday.

It appears Niagara's border bridge crossings will remain open as the federal government announces that entry will be denied to nearly all non-Canadian residents.

"Canadians should stay home. We all have to do it", he said.

"I'm asking everyone to take strong action to prevent the spread of the virus", chief public health officer Theresa Tam said, warning that a window of opportunity to mitigate its spread was "quickly narrowing". One death has been reported. "So much of Canada's food supply comes from or via the U.S.", Wiseman said.

Three additional deaths were recorded by health authorities on Monday - all linked to a care home for the elderly in a suburb of Vancouver - bringing the countrywide toll to four.

Trade will not be affected by the border closing.

The decision to shutter global air travel began with U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to ban travelers from Europe for 30 days.

He added that new measures to support Canadians during the COVID-19 outbreak will be announced Tuesday.

"We're taking more measures, significant measures, today".

Immediate family members of Canadians will be allowed entry.

Blair said that should reduce the number of tourists and unnecessary visitors into Canada.

Overseas flights will be funnelled to just four airports in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary to allow the Canada Border Services Agency to better screen arrivals and ensure they are getting information that they are to self-isolate for 14 days.

The country's main stock market index tumbled almost 10% and the Canadian dollar hit a four-year low.

The announcement Monday follows criticism about COVID-19 screening measures at Canadian airports, notably Toronto Pearson International, and an increase in confirmed cases of the virus on Canadian soil.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a news conference that social distancing and other measures to limit contact between people can help fight the spread of the coronavirus, but testing people who might have the disease is its No. 1 priority. For any funerals that proceed, the number of mourners should be reduced, the province said, without specifying how many.

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