Enough is enough. That pretty much sums up my frustration with the actions of government. Canada imposed new travel restrictions further limiting our mobility rights. This on top of provincial lockdowns. We have experienced a perpetual state of forced confinement for almost a year now. With no end in sight.
All international air travellers will be required to stay in a supervised government approved quarantine hotel, at their own expense, until their test results come back, which is expected to take approximately 3 days.
The cost to travellers for the mandatory hotel stay and COVID testing will be approximately $2,000 per person.
If you test negative, you complete the remainder of your 14-day quarantine at your place of residence assuming that it meets the requirements of public health officials, under significantly increased surveillance. Enforcement will be conducted by private security firms who have been hired by the Federal government to monitor travellers quarantining at home.
Travellers will also be required to be tested again on Day 10 of their quarantine, regardless of their initial test result.
If the test is positive at that point, you will be required to go to a government run quarantine centre.
These restrictions were introduced for air travel and will soon be in effect for air and land travel.
Although I haven’t checked, I suspect that those of us returning in a motorcoach would have the coach seized and impounded on entry while enduring the mandatory 3-day imprisonment for the lawful act of entering Canada. Presumably the cost of impounding the coach would be added to the $2,000 per person charge. Not sure what would happen to any pets during that part of the process. And not sure whether the isolation period would separate a couple. I suspect it would.
Hard to believe.
What have I learned through this pandemic?
Travelling full-time in a motorcoach in Canada is not sustainable when the borders are closed. Winters are very harsh here.
Being without housing is a much greater risk than I expected.
As a consequence we made a few changes.
We sold the coach two weeks ago.
We bought a beautiful condo in a wonderful waterfront complex last week.
We move there in 5 weeks.
It’s certainly not the dream we expected during this part of our retirement. Travel will come back. Perhaps next year. Or the year after. Possibly this year but it seems doubtful.
When it does, we will resume our travels. But not in a motorcoach.
We loved the time we did have travelling around North America in our Dutch Star. Looking back, I took many of those amazing memories for granted. I never imagined a scenario where our basic freedoms could be taken away.
And so we pivot.
We are still the same couple. Still very much in love and travelling together through this life. Facing the challenges as best we can.
The blog has been quiet over the past two weeks as we had so many things to do in a relatively short period of time. We have tried to reach out to as many of our friends and family as possible to share the news before posting here.
We are not sure what the next chapter looks like and that’s okay.
Life never really follows even the most carefully scripted of plans.
We’ll focus on the many blessings we enjoy. Our faith, our marriage, our family, our friends, our health, our financial independence.
To those still on the road: enjoy the journey!