Advocacy group calls for quarantine hotel policy to be scrapped

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A constitutional rights advocacy group filed an application with Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice against the government’s mandatory quarantine hotel policy.

The Canadian Constitution Foundation is calling on the government to scrap the policy, which requires returning travellers from abroad to stay in a federally approved hotel for at least the first three nights of their 14-day quarantine. The group is arguing that the policy is a direct infringement on the fundamental rights of Canadians and wants the government to scrap it. The policy first came into effect on February 14, and it states that travellers are expected to pay for their hotel stay, which can be in the range of hundreds of dollars per night.

Only when the individual receives a negative COVID-19 test back can they leave the hotel and finish the remainder of their quarantine at home. The Canadian Constitution Foundation is arguing in its legal application that the requirements of the policy are “overbroad, arbitrary and grossly disproportionate.”

Do you think the hotel quarantine is fair, especially when it’s based on unreliable PCR tests?

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