As COVID-19 cases rise, N.L. and P.E.I. exit Atlantic bubble for not less than 2 weeks

The Atlantic bubble is not any extra.

Both Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I are exiting the Atlantic bubble for not less than two weeks as COVID-19 cases rise in elements of the area.

Newfoundland Premier Andrew Furey stated the province will proceed to observe the COVID-19 scenario within the other Atlantic provinces to see if the two-week break must be prolonged. Travel to and from Newfoundland and Labrador will solely be for important causes, he stated.

“The Atlantic Bubble has been a source of pride … but the situation has changed,” Furey stated at a information convention.

P.E.I. Premier Dennis King delivered an identical message throughout a virtually simultaneous information convention, saying his government would re-evaluate over the subsequent two weeks.

King stated the altering epidemiology within the area was regarding, “and it forces us to use what I believe are the tools in our limited toolbox to do everything we can to avoid an outbreak here in P.E.I.”

He stated that given the province’s small measurement, it would not take a lot for its health-care system to turn out to be overwhelmed.

Atlantic bubble established July 3

Newfoundland’s heightened journey restrictions will come into impact on Wednesday, and P.E.I.’s come into impact Monday at midnight.

Since July 3, residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I and Newfoundland and Labrador have been capable of journey comparatively freely throughout every other’s borders with out quarantining.

COVID-19 case numbers in all the Atlantic provinces have been low all through the summer season and fall, however that started to vary final week in elements of the area.

New Brunswick tightened restrictions in Moncton and Saint John final week as cases rose, and the province reported its highest ever single-day case rely on Saturday with 23 new cases. As of Monday, that province had a complete of 89 energetic cases. 

Nova Scotia additionally began recording a spike in cases final week and public health confirmed there may be neighborhood unfold, with most transmission taking place within the Halifax space. As of Monday’s reporting, the province had a complete of 51 identified energetic cases.

Newfoundland and Labrador is at the moment reporting 23 energetic cases — together with two new cases introduced Monday — and P.E.I has two, with the latest one reported at Monday’s information convention.

No plans to burst N.S.-N.B. bubble

In a information convention Monday afternoon, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs stated the change will not have an effect on New Brunswick’s guidelines.

He stated he and the other Atlantic premiers held a teleconference final evening when they mentioned the choice.

“We certainly understand the situation that Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I. are in, and their concerns with our current situation in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia,” he stated.

Still, Higgs stated he and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil have determined to not burst the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick bubble for now.

He stated most cases in Nova Scotia are within the Halifax area. He stated there was a deal with testing there, and people within the Halifax space are being inspired to not journey outdoors of the area.

The Atlantic bubble was lauded as successful all through the summer season and fall when COVID-19 case numbers have been low. Numbers began rising once more final week in elements of the area, inflicting Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I. to tug out of the bubble. (Gary Locke/CBC)

Higgs stated implementing an isolation requirement for Nova Scotia wouldn’t be a great use of assets.

“We want to keep our resources deployed along our northern borders between New Brunswick and Quebec, and to enhance our activity along the border between Maine and New Brunswick,” he stated.

“We’re aligned in containing this in Nova Scotia and in New Brunswick independently, and I think we’re best served to ensure that we each follow our own protocols.”

He stated any New Brunswickers travelling to P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador, together with for work, ought to contact the government within the two provinces to see how the adjustments will have an effect on them.

Higgs additionally stated the change does not have an effect on New Brunswickers coming dwelling after working in P.E.I. or Newfoundland and Labrador.

While the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border stays open, Higgs nonetheless urged New Brunswickers to keep away from non-essential journey. That message was additionally in a information launch from the Council of Atlantic Premiers on Monday morning, which suggested warning while travelling inside the Atlantic bubble.

The office of Premier Stephen McNeil confirmed Monday that travellers from all other Atlantic provinces can nonetheless enter Nova Scotia with out quarantining.  


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