Saturday,  October 31, 2020  10:06 am

A travel bubble is coming to Atlantic Canada

A travel bubble is coming to Atlantic Canada
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia. (Miguel Ángel Sanz)
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Canada’s four Atlantic provinces have confirmed a travel bubble that will begin on July 3rd, the Council of Atlantic Premiers announced on Wednesday (June 24th).

What this means is that interprovincial travel will be allowed between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador and travellers will not be required to self-isolate.

However, travellers from the other provinces and territories will have to abide to guidelines as outlined in each specific Maritime province.

Other Canadian visitors to the Maritime provinces that have self-isolated for 14 days may travel within the Maritime region, the release said.

The news comes as surveys and studies have shown that Canadians may stay closer to home this summer after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many cross-border travel plans.

READ MORE: Canadians are focusing more on local trips this summer

Major tour operators, including Air Canada Vacations and Transat Distribution Canada, have also pushed domestic offerings in recent weeks, including options for RV trips.  

COVID-19 in decline 

According to the Council of Atlantic Premiers, the Maritime premiers said the decision to ease travel restrictions was approved by chief medical officers of health in each province.

The joint-statement said officials will continue to monitor the situation.

“All public health directives present in each province must be adhered to, including not travelling if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 and practicing physical distancing and good hand hygiene,” the statement reads.

New Brunswick is the only Atlantic province with active cases of COVID-19 (it had 20 as of Tuesday).

P.E.I. had only 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and hasn’t had a case since April 28th.

Newfoundland and Labrador has had 261 cases and there hasn't been a new one since June 18th.

Nova Scotia has had 1,061 positive cases. Its last confirmed case was on June 9th.


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