Ottawa’s COVID-19 testing rules for travel to US don’t make sense, BC premier says

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The premier of British Columbia said the federal government’s COVID-19 testing rules on travel to and from the United States made no sense to him.

John Horgan says he finds Ottawa’s test requirement defective in staying safe, and could take a test in Vancouver, travel to the US and return within 72 hours using the same test.

He adds that he’s concerned that people are taking advantage of the system – if people can fake symptoms to get a free test in order to use the results for travel.

Horgan says his concerns about the tests were part of the reason for his decision not to accept Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s invitation to surrender.

The provincial government announced Thursday that it was extending several COVID-19-related orders intended to limit the spread of the infection as the fourth wave hits the province.

The COVID-19 measures law was due to be repealed on December 31, but the government said in a statement that changes would be made to the bill in the legislature.

The law allows key legal documents to be viewed remotely and allows courts to say which proceedings can be conducted remotely.

He also supports the provincial health officer’s orders to impose conditions on long-term care facilities where staff are allowed to work in an effort to stop the transmission of COVID-19.

The law grants liability protection to individuals or businesses providing essential services by operating a business that benefits the community, provided they comply with public health ordinances.

The government says it is issuing notice of the changes to allow those organizations or businesses to plan beyond the original deadline.


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