COVID 19 reopening plan in Atlantic Canada on track as virus cases continue to drop
HALIFAX — Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer of health says it appears the third wave of COVID-19 is subsiding across Atlantic Canada ahead of a resumption of regional travel next week.
Dr. Janice Fitzgerald reported one new case of novel coronavirus today and says the province now has 35 active cases ahead of its June 23 target to permit travellers from the other three Atlantic provinces.
Fitzgerald told a briefing people entering the province won’t have to self-isolate, but will have to fill out a travel form before arrival and show identification at their point of entry to prove they are a resident of the Atlantic region.
Nova Scotia, which is also opening to regional travel along with Prince Edward Island on June 23, moved into Phase 2 of its five-step reopening plan, which allows such things as indoor dining at restaurants and bars, a 50 per cent customer capacity for retail stores and increased gathering limits.
The province reported eight new cases of COVID-19 today and has a total of 92 active cases.
Meanwhile, New Brunswick is now allowing travellers from P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador after hitting its 75 per cent first-dose vaccination goal for those 12 years of age and over on Tuesday.