Province by province, COVID-19 rules and regulations look different. These tend to change weekly, and if you are choosing to travel during the pandemic, it is important that you understand and follow the regulations of the province you are visiting. Some provinces, like Manitoba and the provinces in Atlantic Canada, have rules in place that depending on where you come from, you may have to quarantine to enter the province. This is to keep their low numbers at bay.
Below is some of the latest information coming from a few Canadian provinces to help keep you safe.
Recently, B.C. has had an uptick in case numbers, specifically with the millennial crowd. This can be attributed to the rules being loosened, and the summer heat. Bonnie Henry developed a “good times” guide that can help people learn how to do what they need to do, but safely.
Alberta, another province who’s loosening of restrictions has led to an uptick in cases has not published a “good times” guide, and just has their recovery plan, albeit, much less fun. To be honest, I’m not sure what is happening in Alberta, but I would highly encourage people in Alberta to wear masks, social distance, and not engage in risky activities.
Because of Manitoba’s quarantine plan, I’m currently writing this in my pre-trip quarantine (because I can’t quarantine in Manitoba – yes, that’s allowed). I must say, while I might be biased, Manitoba’s quarantine rule is a bit flawed as you only have to quarantine (as of August 3rd, 2020) if you live east of Terrace Bay, ON. While at once, this made sense, the rise in cases in Western Canada has me a bit perplexed considering the recent surge in numbers has been linked to Alberta. Or maybe, I’m just a bit jealous of those who live west of Terrace Bay, ON. This is Manitoba’s Roadmap to Recovery.
Over the past month, different regions within Ontario have moved into phase three. As most regions move into phase three, they have also had an uptick in cases. Most regions in Ontario also have a mask by-law in place, which means you need to wear a mask when you’re indoors. This is Ontario’s plan.
I know it feels like we’ve been in this for a long time, and we have. If we all follow the rules, keep our distance and wear a mask, we can help keep the curve flattened and be prepared for the second wave that is predicted.
Written by Alana Kaplan, Project Manager for the I Am Resilient Project.