Canada will be closing its border to overseas international travel.
On Monday morning, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau announced to the country they will be denying entry to people who are not permanent residents or Canadian citizens.
Trudeau said exceptions will be made for air crews, diplomats, immediate family members and U.S. citizens.
Airlines will receive the formal order to ban all travellers presenting symptoms from getting on an airplane.
“Anyone who has symptoms will not be able to come to Canada,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau said they will continue to support Canadian citizens and permanent residents overseas.
There will be financial assistance available for Canadians who are overseas.
“I can assure you that our government will not leave you unsupported.” Trudeau said.
Starting on Wednesday, March 18, only four airports will be accepting international fights: Toronto Pearson Airport, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Calgary International Airport.
Domestic flights and flights from the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean won’t be included in the airport restrictions.
“Let me be clear, if you are abroad, it's time for you to come home,” Trudeau said, adding anyone returning home must self-isolate for 14 days.
“Travel restrictions will not apply to commerce or trade. We will continue to ensure supply of the important goods to Canada,” Trudeau said.
“These measures will help save lives.”
More to come.