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Canada bans entry to non-residents—with some exceptions 

“If you are abroad, it’s time to come home,” says prime minister Trudeau.

click to enlarge Halifax's airport is closing to international flights on Wednesday, PM Justin Trudeau announced in his webcast. - CBC LIVESTREAM
  • Halifax's airport is closing to international flights on Wednesday, PM Justin Trudeau announced in his webcast.
  • CBC livestream

  At a press conference today outside his home in Ottawa, prime minister Justin Trudeau announced new measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. He says as the virus continues to spread “we’ve decided to take increasingly aggressive measures.” 

The first step is closing the Canadian border to non-residents of Canada with exceptions for flight crews, diplomats, immediate family members of citizens and “at this time” US citizens. How long the exception for US citizens lasts is not known. 

Air operators will be ordered to deny boarding to anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. “If you are abroad, it’s time to come home,” said Trudeau, adding that there will be a support program available for Canadians who are abroad who either get stuck out of the country because they show symptoms of coronavirus, or have to change their plans abruptly. 

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