'Atlantic bubble' announced for July 3rd


Travel restrictions in Atlantic Canada will be eased as of next Friday, creating an "Atlantic bubble", as COVID-19 case numbers remain low in each province.

As of July 3rd, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for Atlantic Canadian residents, will be permitted.

Premier Stephen McNeil says, "Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians have worked hard to flatten the curve and we’re now in a place where we can ease restrictions within our region."

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

Each province will choose their own processes to track and monitor travelers.

With no new cases of COVID-19 reported again on Wednesday in Nova Scotia, the province has 51,817 negative test results, 1,061 positive COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths, and no active cases.

Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia, says, "The position we find ourselves in today, with no new cases of COVID-19 for 15 days, is because Nova Scotians worked together and made sacrifices to slow the spread."

Visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must adhere to the local entry requirements in place in each of the four jurisdictions, while those already in the Maritimes who have already self-isolated for 14 days, can travel within the Maritime region.