More passengers warned of COVID-19 exposure on Vancouver flights

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Last week, the two largest airlines in the country said they would end their seat distancing policies on July 1, raising health concerns amid a devastating pandemic. the travel industry.

The Government of Canada is warning passengers that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 on two recent flights to Vancouver.Last week, health officials added three separate flights to the list of affected flights in the city. Now two additional flights to Vancouver, one incoming and one departing, have been added to the list.

The following flights have been added to the list of affected flights:

  • June 21: Air Canada 122 from Vancouver to Toronto
  • June 25: Aeromexico 696 from Mexico City to Vancouver

In both flights, information on the affected lines is not available.

Passengers who were on these flights are encouraged to follow the guidelines of the BC CDC for self-isolation and self-monitoring, as well as to use the Colombian COVID-19 self-assessment tool -British to determine if they need testing.

The BC CDC says they are listing information regarding potential public exposure as they “learn of flights with an origin or destination in British Columbia with a case of COVID-19 on board”.

All travelers returning to British Columbia are encouraged to check the British Columbia CDC website for updates on flights with risk of exposure, and those traveling from outside Canada must arrive prepared with a 14-day self-isolation plan.

Last week, the two largest airlines in the country said they would end their seat distancing policies on July 1, raising health concerns amid a devastating pandemic. the travel industry.

On social networks, some people ask why airlines are allowed to ignore the physical distancing protocol when other companies have to comply with it; others simply say that they will not travel with airlines that do not have a distancing policy in place.

The Government of Canada is currently declaring that you should avoid travel outside the country until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a global travel advisory, the government notes that “this advisory outweighs the other risk levels on this page, with the exception of any risk level for countries or regions where we recommend avoiding travel” .

With files from The Canadian Press and Lindsay William-Ross.

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