The Nova Scotia Government says officials are closely monitoring the blockade on Highway 104 and related issues.
It is disrupting the movement of people, goods, services and is now putting people at risk.
Emergency Management Officials are aware that the situation is impacting the transportation sector and supply chains. Held up goods like perishable foods in refrigerated trucks will spoil if they run out of fuel. Medication for pharmacies and propane supplies for industrial customers cannot reach their destinations.
Food deliveries to restaurants is impacted as is feed for livestock. This is affecting farmers and small businesses across the region.
Traffic is congested in Amherst due to vehicles parking in the town. This could create conditions that will slow emergency vehicles responding to incidents.
“The longer this goes on the more risk there is that someone might not be able to get something they need,” said Inclusive Economic Growth Minister Labi Kousoulis.
“There are workers who need to cross the border daily for their jobs, business owners depending on shipments for their livelihoods and trucks filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of seafood exports. The situation needs to end as soon as possible.”
The blockade is disrupting vital home care for residents in Cumberland County. Fragile test samples for children with life-threatening conditions coming in New Brunswick and PEI cannot arrive at their final destination, the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
Cumberland Regional Health Centre has had to cancel more than 100 appointments for important services such as prenatal, services for children with autism and pacemaker care.