UPDATE: An earlier version of this article stated that the government had confirmed the measures. In fact, CTV has reported that sources claim the COVID hotels are being closed, but the Trudeau government has only said they are considering an end to the controversial program.
The Trudeau Liberals will allowing fully vaccinated Canadians to skip out on forced stays at designated COVID hotel facilities as early as July, sources have told CTV's Rachel Aiello.
CTV originally reported that sources said the Trudeau government was to announce an end to the COVID hotels today, but then updated their article to read that the government is considering the move as part of "phased changes."
"Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced these “phased” changes to the federal government’s pandemic border measures, following calls to end mandatory hotel quarantines and permit fully vaccinated Canadians to move around more freely," the updated story reads.
“These metrics are very important factors as we move towards implementing the changes on the border that we hope to have in place in early July,” Hadju said Wednesday afternoon.
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner put the Trudeau government on blast for continuing the program "indefinitely":
The prime minister said during a press conference on Tuesday that any loosening of restrictions at the border would come mainly for those who have two doses of vaccine.
"It’s very clear that even though one dose has allowed us to significantly protect Canadians, to remove many of the pressures from our public health systems, it is still an incomplete protection. We need people to get the full two doses of their vaccines and that’s why easing of restrictions will be focused on Canadians who are fully vaccinated," he said.
Those who do not have both doses will be expected to stay at a hotel facility, or face large fines and still complete a 14-day self-isolation.
Fines were recently increased for those who decide not to attend a hotel, with violators now facing $5,000 fines.
Canadians returning from any foreign country have been required to pay thousands of dollars to stay at a quarantine hotel for at least 3 days. Conservative MPs are calling for Trudeau to follow his own rules and stay in an already approved quarantine hotel, like he has forced others to do.
It appears Trudeau will still have to stay in some sort of hotel isolation, as he is not fully vaccinated.