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New quarantine pilot announced in YYC (Calgary, Canada)


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Thought my Canadian friends may be interested in the pilot YYC is launching Nov 2nd. This may offer a glimmer of hope to Canadians faced with a 14 day quarantine. There are some restrictions; direct flights being one, but it’s an encouraging step and is intended to promote travel and tourism industries, hit so hard by the pandemic. If it goes well in Calgary hopefully it gets expanded to other Canadian airports. 🤞
 

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/rapid-testing

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I hope it works.

Wish the UK government would try something like this instead of their toing and froing travel corridors that have totally hammered their travel and tourism industry. My daughter doesn't want to come home for Christmas because she's struggled so much with the quarantine after a quick trip home earlier this month. 😞

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3 minutes ago, twangster said:
  • "...reduce their mandatory quarantine to as little as 2 days with a negative test."

Can someone explain the two day quarantine?  

If you test negative why is a 2 day quarantine required? 

(not intended to be political) Government overreach would seem to be one explanation. The other is partial appeasement of those who oppose the change.

You're either clean or required to quarantine. There shouldn't be any in-between.

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10 minutes ago, twangster said:
  • "...reduce their mandatory quarantine to as little as 2 days with a negative test."

Can someone explain the two day quarantine?  

If you test negative why is a 2 day quarantine required? 

The 2 day quarantine is the time it could take to get your initial negative rapid test result, which is expected within 24-48 hours.  

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48 minutes ago, twangster said:
  • "...reduce their mandatory quarantine to as little as 2 days with a negative test."

Can someone explain the two day quarantine?  

If you test negative why is a 2 day quarantine required? 

From what I read yesterday, I seems that it will take up to two days to receive your rapid test results.  Hence the 2 day quarantine.  But there were some discrepancies yesterday between different news sources so who knows.

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15 minutes ago, HeWhoWaits said:

(not intended to be political) Government overreach would seem to be one explanation. The other is partial appeasement of those who oppose the change.

You're either clean or required to quarantine. There shouldn't be any in-between.

You are required to quarantine only until you get back your initial negative rapid test which could take up to 48 hours.  

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Additional details around eligibility. Click on the link below to read more. 
 

Eligible travellers

Eligible candidates returning from international travel:

  • returning Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents
  • foreign nationals currently permitted entry into Canada
  • travellers exempt from 14-day quarantine, including essential service workers

In-eligible candidates:

  • have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of entry to Canada
  • have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days
  • do not have an acceptable quarantine plan
  • returning Canadians proceeding to other provinces (participants must stay in Alberta for 14 days after entering Canada)
  • domestic travellers (they are not required to quarantine)

https://www.alberta.ca/international-border-pilot-project.aspx

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More details emerge as they relate to conditions/restrictions. Here is an expanded list including sectors that are excluded from participating in the pilot. 
Link to full press release attached. 
https://www.alberta.ca/international-border-pilot-project.aspx#toc-3

Restrictions for specific settings

Participants are prohibited from certain settings during the course of the pilot

School and child care

  • Child care programs (for example daycare, out of school care), K to 12 schools and post secondary institutions  - attendees, students in schools and staff who work in these settings cannot go back to these settings until they have their second test and have received a negative result.

Continuing care, health care and other clinical settings where health care services are provided

  • Pilot participants cannot attend any settings where there are vulnerable people at risk for severe disease for 14 days – this includes all outpatient clinics, acute care, continuing care, long term care, and seniors lodges.
  • This applies to both work and visitation.

Workplaces

  • Individuals may only return to work with the permission of the employer and if the employer has implemented COVID-19 measures in accordance with Alberta’s guidelines or direction from provincial or local public health; and provided the worker adheres to the workplace’s COVID-19 public health measures.
  • Individuals cannot return to work for 14 days where vulnerable populations are present as identified above (continuing care, health care, and other clinical settings).
  • Individuals cannot return to high-risk work places for 14 days. These include:
    • correctional facilities
    • homeless shelters or temporary housing facilities
    • food processing facilities (for example, meat packing plants)
    • warehouses, distribution facilities (including distribution facilities supporting grocery stores), and assembly line manufacturing facilities (but does not include other industrial production sites where COVID-19 prevention measures are implemented and adhered to, for example, petrochemical production facilities)
  • Work camps (but does not include associated work sites such as petrochemical facilities).

Gatherings

  • Pilot participants cannot attend events where there are more than 10 people (including the participant) for 14 days. This includes:
    • planned or unplanned events where individuals mix and mingle and socialize
    • any location or activity where physical distancing is not able to be maintained at all times, (for example, sports, fitness classes, theatre, dance, music, other cohorted activities)
    • structured indoor or outdoor-seated events (for example, concerts, sporting events, and worship services)

Group Living

  • Pilot participants cannot attend or live in group living settings such as homeless shelters, work camps, group homes, student dormitories for 14 days.
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7 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Well that puts our family out of the running if they implement the same thing here in Ontario. 😩

I know! Us too as hubby is excluded and Reyd has to remain quarantined until 2nd covid test at day 6 or 7 before he can return to school (so he could potentially cut the 14 day quarantine down by a couple days) Plus the inclusion of “permission of employer” could potentially exclude other employees. 

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