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Travel and COVID-19

Domestic T​ravel

​November 16, 2020: Travel recommendation from Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health: ​


Recommendations related to Manitoba:
Avoid non-essential travel to Manitoba.

Non-essential travel: Anyone who has travelled to Manitoba or is coming into our region from Manitoba for ​non-essential reasons should:
  • Stay home and not interact with anyone outside of their household for 14 days after entering northwestern Ontario.
  • Self-isolate and get tested if they get symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of entering our region. Household members of that individual should also self-isolate until the test results are received. 
Essential travel: Anyone who has travelled to Manitoba or is coming into our region from Manitoba for essential reasons should:
  • Minimize interactions with anyone outside of their household as much as is reasonably possible for 14 days after entering northwestern Ontario. 
  • Self-isolate and get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of entering our region. Household members of that individual should also self-isolate until the test results are received. 
Essential reasons for travelling may include: accessing medical services, shared parenting arrangements, etc., or travel to provide essential services such as truckers, health care providers, emergency response, enforcement officers, construction and maintenance of public infrastructure, etc.

NOTE: Manitoba border communities who use Kenora as their main service hub and do not travel west of Falcon Lake are exempt from this recommendation. 

General Domestic Travel recommendations:

Avoid non-essential travel outside of northwestern Ontario.

Anyone who travels to a high-risk area or is coming into our region from a high-risk area should:
  • Minimize interactions with anyone outside of their household as much as is reasonably possible for 14 days after entering northwestern Ontario.
  • Self-isolate and get tested if they get symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of entering the region. Household members of that individual should also self-isolate until the test results are received. 

Learn more about high-risk areas:

If you choose to travel, do it safely by:

  • maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask when that’s not possible; 
  • avoiding groups/ limit close contact with people not from your usual household or small social group;
  • practicing hand hygiene; and 
  • if anyone develops symptoms while travelling, they should self-isolate and wear a mask.​

This is an image of a car drivingThe activities you do while travelling can impact your risk of getting COVID-19. If possible, avoid:

  • public transportation (like airplanes, buses, and subways);
  • crowded areas where physical distancing is challenging;
  • noisy events or places where people are speaking loudly, as this causes people to spit when talking
  • communities with high rates of COVID-19.
If you cannot avoid these higher risk situations, wear a non-medical mask and consider self-isolating for 14 days upon returning home.

Please be mindful that COVID is still with us and that different areas of the province and the country can have different levels of the virus in the community. The safest option to prevent the spread is to stay in the area of your home community or to stay in the region.

    International T​ravel

    ​The Ministry of Health is advising that people avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. For people returning from outside of Canada, the Federal Government requires a mandatory self-isolation for 14 days​.

    For international travellers arriving in Canada, please see:

      To report Quara​ntine Act violations, visit the Ontario Provincial Police's website​.

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