Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, during a press conference Saturday morning, that the federal government is doing everything they can to help Canadians abroad come home due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19 but won’t be able to help everyone.
The worldwide spread of the new coronavirus has resulted in many countries closing their borders and airspace, making it difficult for people to come back to Canada.
Knowing that some Canadians may be stuck abroad, Trudeau urged everyone to “stay safe, to make smart choices, and do the best they can in a situation that is unprecedented, exceptional, and very difficult.”
Trudeau said that the government has procured a flight to bring Canadians back from Morocco Saturday, they are expected to land in Montreal later Saturday night.
He said the government is also trying to work with other governments to try and bring Canadians home from countries like Peru and Spain.
During his speech, Trudeau announced that the Northwest Territories has banned travel to the region to prevent the virus from coming north.
Trudeau added that while he isn’t restricting travel within Canada, he wants everyone to avoid non-essential travel.
Repatriation flights will prioritize Canadian citizens or immediate family members of Canadian citizens, only people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 will be allowed on board, and everyone must isolate for 14 days upon their arrival.