Nova Scotia reinstates border restrictions for New Brunswickers

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NOVA SCOTIA – New Brunswickers will no longer be able to enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating, with border restrictions being put back into place as of 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, states a Government of Nova Scotia press release.

The announcement comes on the heels of both the U.K. and South African variants of COVID-19 appearing in New Brunswick.  Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin said the restrictions are being reinstated out of an “abundance of caution”, adding “how quickly the situation can change with this virus”.

In addition to self-isolation, New Brunswickers entering that province must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form.

There are currently no updates from the Government of New Brunswick as to how this change impacts picking-up university students who are currently in Nova Scotia.

Additional protocols, from the Government of Nova Scotia website are:

  • people traveling for work, school, child care or quick, necessary tasks that cannot be done virtually can follow the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick travel protocol
  • people traveling for child custody reasons must follow the child custody protocol
  • people who are exempt from self-isolation must follow the exempt traveler protocol

Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang, said New Brunswickers should only travel to Nova Scotia if “absolutely necessary”.

Those travelling from Prince Edward Island (P.E.I) and Newfoundland and Labrador are not required to self-isolate when entering Nova Scotia, or complete the Safe Check-in form.

All four Atlantic premiers will meet later today, Tuesday, April 13 to discuss the future of the Atlantic bubble opening on Monday, April 19, but both the Premier of P.E.I., Dennis King, and it’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Heather Morrison today cast dispersion’s on the potential reopening.  King referred to the reopening as “precarious” and Morrison said she is “concerned at the prospect” of the Atlantic Bubble reopening Monday.

We’ll continue to update the story as more information becomes available.