Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the federal government will be requiring temperature checks for all air travellers at Canadian airports amid COVID-19.
During his daily address Friday morning, the Prime Minister revealed the new mandatory protocol.
“Physical distancing is still the best way to protect yourself and others, but of course there are some places, like on flights, where it’s not always possible to keep two metres apart,” Trudeau said.
According to the Prime Minister, the plan is to roll out the mandated checks in a three-phase approach.
“First for those travelling to Canada, then for those travelling from Canada and finally for those travelling within Canada,” said Trudeau on Friday during the announcement.
Trudeau has stated that anyone who shows symptoms of a fever will not be permitted to board their flight.
He also added that employees in secured areas of airports will also be required to have their temperatures checked as well.
“There are strong measures already in place to keep people safe, and this screening will add yet another layer of protection,” said the Prime Minister.
Enhanced cleaning protocols on planes and in airports have also been implemented, and the requirement of non-medical masks is becoming more commonplace for travellers during COVID-19.
This includes BC Ferries, as part of a directive from Transport Canada, who recently made it mandatory for all customers to have non-medical masks as well.