Yes, snowbirds travelling by vehicle must self-isolate upon return to Canada

EASTERN ONTARIO — Yes, snowbirds travelling by vehicle must self-isolate for 14 days after crossing the land border and arriving home in Canada.

Update (March 25, 2020) — And now the rule has the force of law, enforceable by police:

As health authorities attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the standard self-isolation period has been applied to highway-travelling snowbirds, just as those Canadians returning by air.

Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis confirmed today no exemption from the requirement for these northbound snowbirds. He addressed the subject at the end of his first daily media briefing on the coronavirus situation. Listen to the doctor’s teleconference with reporters below.

The doctor also recently repeated his call for snowbirds to self-isolate upon their return home:

Returning snowbirds and vacationers: ‘Do not stop off at the grocery store — we expect you to stay home now,’ says medical officer of health

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