OTTAWA, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Canada is expanding mandatory temperature screening to all passengers in 11 additional airports across the country, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Tuesday.
Garneau said in a news release that since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadians have come together, made sacrifices, and done their part to help limit the spread of the virus.
"Our government has expanded temperature screenings to major airports across the country to support these efforts and as another measure in our multi-layered approach to help protect the safety of the traveling public and air industry workers," the minister said
In June 2020, the ministry announced a multi-phased approach to temperature screenings for all passengers traveling to Canada and travelers departing at four of Canada's busiest airports: Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto-Pearson, for either international or domestic destinations.
Actually, temperature screening has been underway at these additional Canadian airports: St. John's, Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto-Billy Bishop, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna and Victoria since Sept. 23, 2020, according to the news release,
Any passenger found to have an elevated temperature without a medical certificate with a reason for this elevation will not be allowed to continue their travel and will be told to book another flight at least 14 days later.
All employees who work within the restricted area of an airport will also be subject to temperature screening.