Monday, March 8, 2021

Advice for travellers returning to Chatham-Kent

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit has released information for travellers returning to Chatham-Kent.

“All people returning from out of the country, adults and children, are required to self isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms,” Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit officials posted on social media.

“If someone returns from out of country and is symptom free, they can return to work only if they are an essential worker (healthcare provider, police, EMS or fire) at their place of employment.”

Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit officials added: “If anyone returns from out of country and they have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 they are to self isolate for 14 days.”

Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit officials say for accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent, visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19.

The Federal Government have issued an official global travel advisory.

“Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice,” Federal officials say.

“To limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. Airlines have cancelled flights. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected.”

Federal officials are advising people to contact their airline or tour operator to determine options for cancelling or postponing a trip.

Federal officials say if you are still considering travelling or are already outside of Canada:

– Check your destination’s Safety and security, Entry/exit requirements and Health sections.

– Get the Government of Canada’s latest updates on COVID-19.

– Check the Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice.

– Find out what commercial options are still available to return to Canada.

– Consider returning to Canada earlier than planned if these options are becoming more limited.

– Ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted.

– Check with your travel insurance provider to know more about their policies related to COVID-19. Find out if you are covered for medical treatment if you become infected with COVID-19 as well as for extended stays outside of Canada.

“This advisory overrides all other risk levels, with the exception of areas for which we advise to avoid all travel (including regional advisories),” Federal officials say.

“The avoid all travel advisories remain valid.”

Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, ordered various measures on Friday, March 13 to control the spread of COVID-19 and he also declared a local emergency as a result. Details, here here.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday. Details, here.

For a list of local, cancellations, postponement and further updates, click here.

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