Medical and Local Business Leaders Join Forces to Call on Government to Remove Roadblocks to Travel
Together with the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable ("The Roundtable"), medical and local business leaders have come together to call on the federal government to remove pre-departure testing entirely for fully vaccinated travellers on or before April 1st when the regulations will be updated. Continued testing targeted at solely the travel sector is both unnecessary and not rooted in science.
A new study from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute offers insight into just how widespread the Omicron variant of COVID-19 may be in Canada.
This week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry extended the current Public Health Orders on Gatherings and Events along with the Order on Food & Liquor serving premises. A copy of the current PHO will be available here and a summary of each is detailed below.
In a new development, gyms and fitness centres will be allowed to start gradually reopening as of Thursday. Changes include:
Applications Now Open for Tourism Accommodation and Commercial Recreation Relief Fund
In a press release distributed on Friday, January 14 by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, it was announced that eligible accommodation providers and tourism operators will now have access to grants to alleviate fixed cost pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Air Canada, WestJet and Pearson Urge End of Mandatory COVID-19 Testing at Airports
Content originally published by the Financial Post.
Canada’s two main airlines and its biggest airport are calling on the Canadian government to end mandatory COVID-19 testing at airports and shift those resources to communities where they are needed most.
Last month the government began ramping up testing of fully vaccinated travellers amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 variant Omicron. The CBC reports that it now has the capacity to test more than 20,000 arrivals daily.
As we start the beginning of 2022, we’re hoping to get your attention on a brief survey. The information is helping tackle some of the workforce shortfall that is greatly impacting the sector.
Across the country, governments, industry associations and other key tourism stakeholders have been developing support services for hard hit tourism businesses and workers. This support is desperately needed but has also created confusion due to the many subsidies and services available.
With the intention of keeping businesses open and employees safe, the Government of BC has launched Safe Screen BC, to begin enabling businesses to access rapid antigen tests.
Organized in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Safe Screen B.C. will guide businesses through the required application process for provincially available test-kits and support businesses in the set-up of onsite rapid workplace screening programs for employees.