"When it comes to border entry policy in the COVID era, the stakes could not be higher," says a new proposal on how to gradually and safely re-open Canada's border.
A 14-day quarantine for entrants to Canada has been effective in controlling and reducing the spread of the virus, the proposal states. But now, a new process could be considered, one that continues to keep the risk of the virus being introduced to a minimum while helping revive the economy, communities and child care and schools. Such a process would apply to entrants from countries that have brought the virus under control, says the proposal from the Public Policy Forum’s Rebuild Canada initiative.
A new “Entry Plan” framework would include:
- The travel and residence itinerary of a new entrant
- Restrictions on entrants from high-risk countries
- Several rounds of virus testing over two weeks
- Download of the Covid Alert app facilitating new entrants’ ability to further monitor their exposure
- Comprehensive public health education on measures every individual can take to reduce spread
The proposal's authors are Peter Nicholson, the former founding president of the Council of Canadian Academies, Vivek Goel, Special Advisor to the President and Provost at the University of Toronto and a member of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, and Jeff Larsen, theExecutive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University in Halifax and the Site Lead for the Creative Destruction Lab – Atlantic.
Read the proposal here: https://ppforum.ca/publications/covid-19-and-canadas-border/