When Justin Trudeau outlined new travel restrictions earlier this week, he urged Canadians to make one last effort to contain the pandemic.
“We just need to hang in there for a few more months. We have mass vaccinations coming this spring that are really going to change the posture we have to take as a country,” he said.
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Such is the pre-occupation with vaccines, few people have looked beyond the race between infection and injections.
The impression left by the prime minister is that once Canadians have been vaccinated, life will get back to normal.
But that is not what the Public Health Agency of Canada is advising people and businesses, sources said.
The lifting of restrictions on travel and other activities will be dependent on the prevalence of the disease, not the number of people who have been vaccinated.
Trudeau is set to announce the specifics of the new measures aimed at discouraging non-essential travel on Friday. Sources suggest they will include limiting the number of airports allowed to handle trans-border flights and a requirement that people landing in Canada quarantine in hotels at their own expense for 14 days.