Nova Scotia's inviting you to its bubble for two

Nova Scotia says goodbye to travellers from Newfoundland, leaving PEI as our sole invitees

Due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Newfoundland and Labrador, doctor Strang has kicked the province out of Nova Scotia's Atlantic Bubble. The change takes effect tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10, at 8am.

“They announced 30 cases today,” Strang said at today's COVID-19 teleconference. “This is a reminder of how quickly things can change.”

The Atlantic Bubble doesn’t really exist anymore, but Nova Scotia tried to hold up its end of the bargain for a while, before New Brunswick was officially told to stay the blazes out of NS on January 8, with over 100 cases in our neighbouring province.

However, Nova Scotia was still allowing travellers from—or Bluenosers in the province to return home from—both PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador without self-isolating then.

“We’ve always acted quickly and necessary when we had to,” Strang told the public, adding that essential travel would still be allowed.

Strang says the Newfoundland outbreak seems to be largely tied to a volleyball tournament, and that he’s not regretting the recent decision to allow sports teams to play only against teams they regularly compete with.

“That confirmed that that was the right decision we made here in Nova Scotia,” Strang says.

But with just four active cases on PEI, Nova Scotia is still letting Islanders in with open arms. Though don’t expect many to take us up on that offer, since they might have to drive through New Brunswick to get here, and who would leave an almost-COIVD-free island in 2021?

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Victoria Walton

Victoria was a full-time reporter with The Coast from April 2020 until mid-2022, when the CBC lured her away. During her Coast tenure, she covering everything from COVID-19 to small business to politics and social justice. Originally from the Annapolis Valley, she graduated from the University of King’s College...

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