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News, Reopening Updates and Travel Advisories
May 4, 2021 - More restrictions in place for all of Alberta until after Victoria Day Weekend
Premier Kenney has announced stronger province-wide restrictions. Not a lock down, just some closures. Read more here.
April 29, 2021 - Restrictions going in place for Alberta hot spots!
Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Airdrie, Lethbridge, and Strathcona County - all hot spots and various restrictions now in place. Consideration for curfews as well. Read more here.
Vaccines - now into phase 2C and 2D
March 28, 2021 - Stronger province-wide restrictions announced in British Columbia
Between March 29 at 11:59 pm and April 19 at 11:59 pm British Columbia is strengthening province-wide restrictions. You can read more about them here; however, please note that this does not affect anyone who is moving. BC moving companies provide essential services and will be able to continue with your move with covid health and safety protocols in place. If you have questions about moving in BC during this time, please contact your moving company.
April 20, 2021 - Manitoba announces the Essential Workers Cross Border Vaccination Initiative
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced a joint initiative between Manitoba and North Dakota to vaccinate Manitoba based essential workers that are transporting goods to and from the United States. The Essential Workers Cross Border Vaccination Initiative is going to begin with truck drivers that regularly cross the Canada US border.
“Beginning tomorrow (April 21, 2021), the state of North Dakota will provide COVID-19 vaccines to fully immunize Manitoba based truck drivers during their routine trips to the United States and over the next 6 – 8 weeks conclude with the second vaccine and they will be doing that thanks to the government of the United States of America free of charge. And we say thank you.”
Working with the Manitoba Trucking Association, Manitoba and North Dakota will identify and coordinate with eligible individuals to schedule vaccination appointments. It is estimated that as many as 4,000 Manitoba truck drivers will be taking part in this program. Pallister has written to the Prime Minister, as well as all provincial and territorial counterparts, in hopes of laying the groundwork for others for an eventual reopening of our shared border. Read more here
May 2, 2021 - New Residents to NB can stay at a private residence with government approval
New Brunswick is easing self-isolation rules a little over a week after requiring all non-essential travellers to quarantine at a designated hotel. All leisure travellers, business travellers, and people moving had to self-isolate at a hotel for at least seven days. The stay costs about $1,300 and is managed by the Canadian Red Cross. But now the province is allowing exemptions for people to self-isolate in a stand-alone residence. Read more here.
April 29, 2021 Update - NB clarifies rules for truckers operating in NB
On April 25, 2021, CAM President Nancy Irvine wrote to the NB Premier and government medical advisors requesting clarification about isolation rules for truck drivers operating in the province. The government responded on April 29 that truckers would be subject to 'modified isolation' rules and provided some additional explanation.
April 25-26, 2021 Update - Truckers won’t have to hotel it in NB, but your customers will
The NB government announced on Sunday evening that truck drivers do not yet have to register their travel as the provincial government is working collaboratively with the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) to determine the right steps to make the travel registration and isolation requirements as simple and efficient as possible for independent and fleet truck drivers. CAM has learned that there will be an announcement on April 26th from the Government of New Brunswick regarding a compromise solution for drivers. We'll post it here when we get it.
April 24, 2021 - further explanation of NB Truckers amendment (from the NB Government Facebook Page):
If you’re a trucker who regularly crosses the border or a regular cross-border commuter and you’re wondering how the self- isolation guidelines announced yesterday affect you, here’s a few things to remember:
1) After entering New Brunswick, you need to follow “modified” self-isolation rules for up to 14 days.
2) During this period, you can come and go to work freely, including leaving on another run, even if that’s in the next couple of days.
3) When you’re not at work, you can stay with your family. They don’t have to isolate, but they should follow public health guidelines and minimize contact with others
4) You should not go anywhere else except to get necessities of life like food or medication through contactless means such as curbside pickup.
We hope these additional measures will be in place for only another month so we can see reduction of spread of the virus, not overwhelm the healthcare system, keep most of the province at the yellow level and avoid widespread lockdowns.
April 23, 2021 - New Brunswick premier Blaine Higgs announced new mandatory isolation measures.
Effective at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, the following groups of people will be required to isolate for the first seven days of their mandatory 14 days in a hotel at their own expense:
- All leisure and non-essential travellers
- Every person approved to move to New Brunswick
- All business travellers who are not rotational workers, truckers, or commuters
"This rule applies regardless of whether or not the traveller has been vaccinated," said Higgs. Read more here.
Mar 24, 2021 - NB Class 1 drivers can now get vaccinated!
The government of New Brunswick announced that Rotational workers, regular cross-border commuters and truckers (class 1) are now eligible to schedule their vaccination appointment at a pharmacy for a Covid-19 vaccine.
According to the press release, truck drivers can use a Class 1 licence to demonstrate eligibility. There was a question on Facebook asking the government about Class 3 licences. At the time of sending this off, the question had not been answered yet. No other information about vaccinating trucking/moving crews was announced.
Newfoundland & Labrador
May 7, 2021 - Border and Other Restrictions to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
Nova Scotia has put new border measures in place that will take effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 10, and will be in place until at least the end of the month. The border will close to people intending to move to Nova Scotia and will close to people coming from PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador (it was closed previously to non-essential travel from other provinces). Among those who will be allowed to enter will be people who are exempt from self-isolation, following the exempt traveler protocol (for example, long-haul truck drivers, airline crew, first responders, people needing essential health services). Read more
update: If you have a closing date prior to June 1st and you had arranged that before the closure announcement on May 7th, you will be able to apply for a compassionate exception.
May 10, 2021 - travel entry forms to get into Nova Scotia will be available online as of Friday, May 14th
April 22, 2021 - Halifax area in "near full lockdown"
As Nova Scotia reports 38 new cases of COVID-19 – the largest single-day case increase in nearly one year – the province's premier announced tighter restrictions in the Halifax area and some surrounding communities in order to help curb the spread of the virus.
"We are using these restrictions as a circuit breaker to prevent our case count from increasing," said Premier Iain Rankin. "We are taking quick action to limit the opportunity for the virus to spread any further in local communities." Public health says people should avoid travelling to any of these areas unless it is necessary travel, which includes for school, work, health care, legal requirements, and family visitation under the purview of the Department of Community Services. Read more here.
April 19, 2021 - Update
While Ontario imposed new interprovincial travel restrictions in an effort to slow the surging COVID-19 variants that are putting increasing strain on Ontario's hospital system, Quebec has enacted similar rules for its western border with Ontario. As of April 19th, Quebec is requiring anyone returning to their primary residence from Ontario to isolate for 14 days unless they fall under one of several listed exceptions. Read more here.
April 16, 2021 - Ontario: All Long Distance Drivers going into severe lockdown with inter-provincial border restrictions
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that Ontario is going into a more severe - and prolonged - stay at home order. The emergency declaration has been extended another 2 weeks and will continue until the third week of May. While there are a number of measures being taken, movers should be aware that checkpoints will be set up as of 12:01 am Monday, April 19th at all interprovincial borders, limiting incoming access to border crossing from Manitoba and Québec to work, medical care, transportation of goods and exercising treaty rights.
April 8, 2021 - Ontario hitting warehouses with COVID safety inspections
The Ontario government is launching a series of zero-tolerance workplace safety inspections in sectors and regions hardest hit by Covid-19, beginning with warehouses, food processors and manufacturers in Peel and Halton Regions. On Friday April 9, officers will be checking for compliance with Covid-19 health and safety requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) to ensure appropriate physical distancing, screening, and masking. Read Inside Logistics' article here.
April 8, 2021 - Ontario Health updated its COVID-19: Guidance for Prioritization of Phase 2 Populations for COVID-19 Vaccination on March 23rd, 2021
Under Ontario's Ministry of Health's revised prioritization plan for vaccinating Phase 2 populations, our industry's "transportation, warehousing and distribution workers" are being included in the Second Group of Essential Workers Who Cannot Work From Home (see page 19). The current estimation is that these folks will have received vaccines by the end of May. Here's the Phase 2 Prioritization report.
April 7, 2021 - Ontario imposes Stay-at-Home Order as of 12:01 am Thursday, April 8
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the entire province will be going into a stay-at-home order which will go into effect at midnight and will last, at minimum, 4 weeks with the rapid and alarming increase of COVID-19. "Unless it is for an essential reason, stay home!," said Ford. Only essential businesses will be open. "These next four weeks are absolutely critical," Ford concluded. All Ontarioans over 60 can now book their vaccine appointments by logging onto www.ontario.ca/covidvaccine or by calling 1-888-999-6488 Anyone 55+ can get a vaccine at a designated pharmacy. Visit www.ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a neighbourhood pharmacy. 40% of Ontarioans should be vaccinated by the end of the stay-at-home order. There is still no word on where movers fit in the essential workers vaccine rollout.
April 1, 2021 - Ontario pulling the emergency brake on Saturday, April 3rd for at least 4 weeks
Premier Doug Ford announced that as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021, Ontario will pull the emergency brake. All 34 health units will shut down for 4 weeks due to the increase and spreadability of the new variants. More information on what is affected can be located at Ontario's covid zones and restriction site Moving Companies provide essential services and will remain in action throughout this shutdown. Health and safety protocols will remain in effect. Contact your moving company to discuss your situation, should you have concerns.
Prince Edward Island
May 6, 2021 – New travel measures are in effect - until May 17th
Truck drivers (vaccinated or not) arriving in PEI from a trip that included destinations outside of the Atlantic Provinces must self-isolate until their first negative test result. If their next scheduled trip is less than 24 hours since arrival to PEI and they are unable to be tested OR have not yet received their test result, they may continue with their truck driving provided they do not have any symptoms, do not enter any workplaces in PEI, and any outdoor interactions are physically distant. Prior to entering any workplaces in PEI, a first negative test result is required. Read more
April 19, 2021 – PEI Sidelining Truck Drivers for COVID testing until May 17th
Effective immediately, until at least May 17th, truck drivers who work outside Atlantic Canada will be required to self isolate until they receive their first negative covid test after arriving in PEI, regardless of their vaccination status. Please check out this link for more information.
April 7, 2021 - Medical masks to be mandatory in Quebec workplaces as of April 8
Medical masks will be mandatory in all workplaces in Quebec starting April 8. The masks must either be surgical or approved by Quebec’s standardization bureau. In other words ... not cloth. The province’s workplace safety board (CNESST) made the announcement Wednesday morning, calling the new guidelines a precaution against the “threat of COVID-19 variants, which are highly contagious.” Indoor mask wearing will be mandatory, along with existing protocols for physical distancing and barriers in the workplace. The measure also applies outdoors, if workers are likely to come within two metres of each other. Click here for more information.
March 31, 2021 - Three Quebec cities to go into special lockdown, with four regions reversed to red zones
Quebec Premier François Legault announced Wednesday that four regions, after having their COVID-19 restrictions eased recently, will have that move reversed, while three cities will have what amounts to a shelter-in-place order. The Outaouais, Quebec City, Chaudière-Appalaches and Bas-St-Laurent regions will all move from orange to red zones under the province's alert system as of Thursday at 8 p.m. The three cities -- Quebec City, Lévis, and Gatineau -- are showing such alarming signs that the province is putting them on a 10-day lockdown, with schools and all non-essential businesses closed. Children will go to full-time remote learning. That lockdown will also start Thursday at 8 p.m. and will last until April 12. Read more here. Moving services will continue in all of these areas while adhering to current health and safety protocols. Check with your moving company if you have any questions or concerns.
April 28, 2021 - North Dakota is extending vaccines to Saskatchewan truckers
Beginning today, Saskatchewan truck drivers can be vaccinated at the rest area near Drayton, N.D., where Manitoba drivers have been receiving their vaccinations. Read more