OTTAWA | In addition to the port-of-covers-face, the outlet temperature will be compulsory from the end of June for the airline passengers, as well as the staff and employees.
“The government of Canada will now have the temperature check of all passengers travelling to Canada or travellers departing from a canadian airport for international destinations or domestic”, announced Transport Canada, on Friday.
The measure will be implemented gradually, in three phases.
A first phase foresees that, by June 30, “all operators should perform a verification of the temperature of all passengers travelling to Canada before embarkation to the points of departure of international flights or cross-border,” said the ministry.
The second phase, which will be completed by the end of July, key airports of Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, at the four major airports currently designated as the only canadian airports for international travel. Post verification of the temperature will be installed.
And then, “by September 2020, the positions of the temperature check will be in place in the departures area of the 11 busiest airports in Canada (St. John’s, Halifax, Quebec city, Ottawa, Toronto – Billy Bishop, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria)”.
Any passenger who has a fever after two temperature readings will be refused travel and will be required to change booking after 14 days, is there mentioned unless it is in possession of a medical certificate mentioning a disease or disorder of the physical health which would cause a high temperature.
All employees and members of the staff who enter or work in the restricted area of the airport will also be subject to the verification procedures of the temperature.
“Our government takes note of the new best practices that are in place elsewhere in the world to protect the people”, assured for his part, prime minister Justin Trudeau in a press conference in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage, Ottawa.
Even he acknowledges that this is not an effective way to combat the spread of the COVID-19, Mr. Trudeau has insisted it is an additional means, in particular, due to the déconfinement gradual provinces and other countries.
Mr. Trudeau pointed out that this “extra layer of protection will help to encourage people who are sick to stay home.”
The audits will be conducted by the public Administration canadian air transport security authority (CATSA), has clarified during a press conference separate from the minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, arguing that the exact costs of purchase of the instruments will be modest.
Repeatedly questioned on the change of direction of Ottawa, Marc Garneau argued that the Organization of the international civil aviation organization (ICAO) and the international air transport Association (IATA) also recommended to take the temperature.
“We are facing a virus that has already infected millions of people in almost every country in the world, he added. We believe that the measures of body temperature are very good ways to add another layer to our security measures to ensure that there will be no infection spread by our passengers, our airline passengers.”