Beginning June 23, Nova Scotia will lift its border restrictions and open to Atlantic Canada.
Residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador can travel to Nova Scotia and there will be no requirement to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
“Our case numbers and hospitalizations are low and every day we are putting more and more vaccines into the arms of Nova Scotians,” said Premier Rankin.
“Low case numbers across the Atlantic provinces are a signal that reopening to our neighbours is the right step.”
The Province says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and his Public Health team, are constantly reviewing and evaluating the epidemiology and this decision has come in consultation with them.
“The epidemiology across the region is showing similar numbers, which allows us to ease the border restrictions,” said Dr. Strang.
“We will be watching the situation closely; however, as we have done before, we will move quickly if we see case numbers on the rise.”
Nova Scotia says conversations with the other Atlantic premiers are continuing, and the province is working on co-ordinating timing to open to the rest of Canada. Nova Scotia is reporting the province is on track to open to the rest of Canada by no later than July 14.
Phase 2 of the provincial reopening plan starts Wednesday, June 16, at 8 a.m. with easing of restrictions, including increasing informal gathering limits outside to 25 people, and 10 people inside.
Restaurants can open for indoor dining with a maximum of 10 people per table. All retail businesses can open to 50 per cent capacity with public health protocols followed. Gyms and fitness facilities can also operate at 50 per cent capacity.