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Canada will bring citizen travellers home

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday morning announced efforts to bring Canadians home from abroad.

The government of Canada is working with Canadian airlines and foreign governments to provide access to commercial flights for Canadian travellers who want to return home.

“COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving global issue,” Trudeau said. “That is why we are taking these exceptional measures to help Canadian travellers find a way to get home to their families and friends.”

All over the world, COVID-19 has caused sudden border restrictions and flight cancellations, leaving Canadians stranded outside of the country without a way home.

The flights will prioritize stranded travellers who are Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, or immediate family members of Canadian citizens.

In addition, only travellers who are asymptomatic will be allowed to board, and all travellers will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry.

In the first series of flights to help Canadians return home, Air Canada will operate a special flight today from Morocco.

Flights will also be planned for Peru and Spain, and other countries as soon as possible.

Factors such as the number of Canadians, airspace closures, and the local situation are being taken into consideration in order to identify the locations for these flights.

All Canadians abroad are strongly encouraged to register with Global Affairs Canada. This will allow the government to provide information to them as soon as it becomes available.

Canadians who are unable to pay, and who have no available sources of funds to return home, are encouraged to apply for an emergency repayable loan through the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad.

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People in Fort Macleod and district who have symptoms and think they may have COVID-19 should call Health Link at 811. If their symptoms match the criteria, Health Link will advise on their next steps regarding testing.

Most recent updates below.

  • There are 358 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, including one in Claresholm.
  • Since yesterday, 31 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta, bringing the total to 226. Sixteen cases are suspected to be as a result of community transmission. The rest are travel-related.
  • Canada and the United States have an agreement that will restrict non-essential travel across the border, including for tourism and recreation. Canadian and American citizens and permanent residents who are currently visiting each other's country can still return home.
  • Forty-nine new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Alberta, bringing the total Friday afternoon to 195. On a positive note, three people who contracted the virus have been identified as recovered.
  • Fort Macleod Fish and Game has cancelled its awards banquet set for Saturday, March 28.
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