The need for people to quarantine themselves for 14 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic has played a major role in the cancellation two major golf events this year, the RBC Canadian Open and the CP Women’s Open, the latter of which was announced just last week.
The big barrier in staging both events is getting hundreds of people, including players/tournament officials/staff/television crews etc. across the border.
The 14-day isolation period becomes unworkable for those people who have been at other events in other countries a week before coming here for a Canadian event.
That quarantine period doesn’t just apply to PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players, staff etc. In theory, it applies to all “non-essential” travellers, although there is concern about the extent of travellers trying to circumvent the rules.
Last week, the federal government announced that the fine for air passengers entering Canada who refuse to quarantine in a designated hotel or take a required COVID-19 test will increase from $3,000 to $5,000.
As it stands, air passengers entering Canada must take a COVID-19 test when they arrive and spend up to three days of their 14-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel to wait for the results of those tests.
The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020 and will remain that way until at least June 21, although it’s likely to be extended beyond that date, despite vaccinations increasing daily and case counts coming down in most provinces in Canada.
For that last reason, there are rumblings north and south of the border that it may soon be time to reopen it, perhaps in the fall, if not sooner. That would allow business trips to destinations such as the PGA Show in Orlando in January, or golf trips to sunny places, one would assume without the requirement to isolate.
Do you see that happening in the near future?
That’s this week’s GNN Poll question.
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