(Ottawa) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is allowed to leave his secluded hotel 12 hours after his arrival.

Stephanie Taylor
The Canadian Press

Mr. Trudeau’s office says it tested negative for COVID-19 Wednesday morning and can now leave Ottawa’s three-star shelter.

Members of his delegation in Europe, which landed in Ottawa at 7pm, checked the arrival and tested negative at 8am the next morning.

Those in the hotel were invited to stay in their rooms and upon arrival received a box of lunch and breakfast on the doorstep.

Mr. Trudeau was abroad last Thursday for a summit with G7, NATO and other European leaders. He returned home Tuesday.

His office says he will follow public health rules and advice for Canadians returning from abroad during epidemics, as well as for officials and journalists who have left the country.

Seven days after the 14-day isolation of the rules and another test for COVID-19 arrived.

Mr. Trudeau’s overnight stay in a hotel after his Liberal government defended its policy of forcing Canadians returning from international travel several months to self-isolate themselves in a hotel room for several months’ at their expense.

Ottawa, along with other border operations, was instrumental in controlling COVID-19 entry into the country, with provinces battling a third wave of epidemic-causing epidemics for much of the spring.

The panel of experts recently suggested that the hotel isolation policy had no scientific basis and that the government should drop it. The panel noted that travelers to the United States and travelers returning by land border are not subject to such a rule.

Mr. Opposition Conservatives have criticized the Ottawa hotel where Trudeau was staying for not being in government-approved accommodation.

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