HALIFAX — Nova Scotia will begin testing for COVID-19 at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport starting Tuesday, and it is also making changes to quarantine requirements for rotational workers.
Travellers will be issued a self-swab kit and instructions upon their arrival, although taking the test is not mandatory.
Health staff will be on hand to administer the test or to provide assistance between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., while people who arrive later will have to take their test with them and drop it off at a primary assessment centre within 48 hours of completing it.
Officials say the new airport testing option does not replace the need to self-isolate upon arrival into the province, even if a test comes back negative.
Meanwhile, rotational workers who have no virus symptoms and who have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arriving in Nova Scotia will no longer need to self-isolate, although they must get tested three times within a two-week period.
Health officials reported 15 new COVID-19 cases today — nine in the Halifax area and six in the Sydney, N.S., area.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 4, 2021.