Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today (March 16, 2020) that the country will be barring entry to almost all non-Canadian travelers who are not citizens or permanent residents in an escalated effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trudeau went into self-quarantine (and appears not to be exhibiting any signs of the disease) on March 14 after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for the virus. He said the ban will come into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 18. The ban will not apply to diplomats, air crew and immediate family members of Canadian citizens. Trudeau also said that the new travel regulations will also not apply to U.S. citizens for the time being, stating the importance of keeping an open border with the country's largest trading partner (including the necessity of ensuring the smooth flow of basic foodstuff between borders). The Prime Minister also noted, however, that a border ban was not out of the question in the future.