Despite similar legislation in the United States this week, Canada has said it will not rush to relinquish its federally-controlled airline for airplanes, trains and others.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Transport Minister Omar Algabra both said the government would continue to follow science as it assesses the importance of COVID-19 orders.
“There is no change in our rules so far,” Alghabra told reporters in Calgary.
“We are constantly consulting with our experts, and we will change our rules when circumstances change. But for now, that’s the way it is,” he said.
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A federal judge in Florida on Monday violated a law requiring the Biden administration to wear masks on airplanes, trains, and other transportation systems.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Kimball Mizel wrote that in her decision, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) failed to comply with the order and that it was a fatal mistake for not following proper legislative procedures.
Within hours of the decision, the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration said it would not comply with the mask requirements, and airports and major US airlines followed suit. Although the company is still advising them to wear one, Uber also said that American passengers can ride without a mask.
The CDC recently extended a masked order to expire on Monday to allow more time to study the BA.2 Omicron sub-variant, which is responsible for most of the CVD-19 cases in the US.
Using a mask on airlines to continue in Canada
Algabra did not comment on the decision, but said the masks would provide additional protection from Covid-19.
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Although there is confusion between those traveling between Canada and the United States, I am confident that Canadians will continue to follow government guidelines.
“I am not happy with these rules, except to know that they are designed to protect the health and well-being of everyone,” he said.
In Dalhousie, NB, on Tuesday, Trudeau ordered a mask for passengers.
“People want to be safe but they want to go back to the things they love,” he said.
Passengers entering Canada must wear a mask for 14 days upon arrival
“The best way to do this is to rely on what science tells us and to rely on what the experts tell us and make sure we move in the right direction.”
The Transportation Authority of Canada has told Global News that the US court’s decision “whether or not completely in Canada” does not affect Canadian jurisdiction over domestic and international service providers during any flight.
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Canadian authorities require passengers and staff to wear masks at airports and train terminals, as well as on airplanes and trains. Passengers at any Canadian airport or airport should be fully vaccinated with approved vaccines before boarding.
Passengers entering Canada by plane or land border must wear a mask in all public places for 14 days – although federal law conflicts with most states that have imposed their own indoor masks.
Anyone entering Canada must also keep a close eye on all contacts for two weeks and monitor CV-19 signals closely, in accordance with Ottawa law.
Public health officials, including Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tamin, continue to advise Canadians to wear masks as issues and hospitals rise.
Tam announced last week that Canada is now in the midst of a sixth pandemic, sparked by the sub-variability of BA.2, and that local officials should wear a “recommended or not recommended” mask.
– With Reggie Cecchini, Richard Zussman and Associated Press files
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