Atlantic bubble lightening round; Atlantic provinces to reinstate travel bubble Monday, April 19

NEW BRUNSWICK – Following an statement by the Council of Atlantic Premiers issued earlier this afternoon, Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, and Dorothy Shephard, minister of health offered additional information on the reinstatement of the Atlantic travel bubble in a live press briefing from Fredericton, today, Thursday, March 18.

Here are the lightening round details:

The Atlantic travel bubble, which includes New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, will be reinstated Monday, April 19. The travel bubble means residents of the four Atlantic provinces can travel freely within the bubble without self-isolation on crossing borders.

Beginning Friday, March 26, at 11:59 p.m., rotational workers who have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination will not be required to self-isolate once 14 days have passed from the vaccination date.

Rotational workers who choose to forego vaccination, will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days, as will anyone else living in the same household, with mandatory day 10 testing.

If an outbreak in any province occurs, discussions around re-opening the Atlantic travel bubble will take place to reassess the situation.

For the full story, and an update on vaccinations in the province, check out the Tuesday, March 23 edition of The Saint Croix Courier.