Zero Tolerance Masks Policy
The Federal Ministry of Transportation has already mandated masks be worn at all times on flights, while compliance has been generally high, enforcement against anti-maskers has been challenging and lackluster. Now WestJet is instituting a zero tolerance policy that could result in a year ban from the airline if a passenger doesn't mask up.
Covid Testing Pilot Project
In partnership with Vancouver International Airport, WestJet will begin testing patients on outbound flights for covid-19, and share these results with health authorities and academia. The tests aren't meant as a screening measure, but will be used to provide a clearer picture of how covid and other communicable diseases are being spread.
Playing Both Sides... While WestJet is stepping up its anti-covid measures, The National Airline Council, a trade organization representing WestJet, Air Canada and other competitors, is pressuring the government to loosen covid restrictions. They're calling for an end to the "blanket ban on foreign travelers" and a loosening of the mandatory two week quarantine period for people arriving in Canada.