Some travellers walking out of Pearson airport instead of paying for quarantine hotel

Peel Regional Police are not arresting people who refuse to follow the measures at Toronto Pearson Airport, a spokesperson confirmed

Some travellers arriving at Toronto’s Pearson airport are walking out instead of footing the bill for mandatory quarantine hotel stays, just days after the federal government issued new protocols to curb the spread of variants in the country.

Akhil Mooken, a spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, confirmed that officers are not stopping people who refuse to follow the measures that came into effect Monday.

“Unless there are some serious or aggravating circumstances where the public safety is at risk, we are not … detaining individuals who are not complying with the regulations under the Quarantine Act,” Mooken said.

Peel police officers are working with the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor arrivals at Pearson in Mississauga, Ont., with the police holding the power to charge travellers at the airport.

While travellers might be able to dodge mandatory quarantine in a hotel — which can cost up to $2,000 for the required three-day stay — that doesn’t mean Public Health won’t follow up and retroactively fine them, Mooken said. The fine could be up to $1,800 per person, per day.


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