Atlantic bubble reopening delayed, premiers site “surge in cases”

NEW BRUNSWICK – On Tuesday, April 13, after an evening teleconference, the four leaders who make-up the Council of Atlantic Premiers announced that based on advice from the Maritime chief medical officers of health, the reopening of the Atlantic bubble will be delayed two weeks to a tentative date of Monday, May 3.

“Given the recent surge in cases of COVID-19 in parts of Atlantic Canada and the emergence of more transmissible forms of the virus, the Council of Atlantic Premiers has agreed to delay the reopening of the Atlantic Bubble by at least two weeks,” states a press release.

The council will meet again at the end of April to “review the status of outbreaks and determine if a further delay to May 10, 2021 is required.”

While the change comes on the heels of not only an outbreak in New Brunswick’s Zone 4, the Edmundston region, but also the identification of both the U.K. and South African variants in our gateway province; the press release does not make specific note of the current situation in New Brunswick, or any of the Atlantic provinces.

For further details on the COVID-19 response, and for provincial public health requirements for each of the Atlantic Provinces, go to:
·        New Brunswick:
·        Newfoundland and Labrador:
·        Nova Scotia:
·        Prince Edward Island: