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Atlantic bubble 'clearly not going to happen' by May 3, says premier

Iain Rankin says the recent climb in COVID-19 cases in the province has forced those plans to be put on hold
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Premier Iain Rankin at a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

It looks like the date for the Atlantic bubble relaunch will be pushed back again.

That's according to Premier Iain Rankin who says the recent climb in COVID-19 cases in the province has forced those plans to be put on hold.

The spike has prompted the province to tighten the border.

As of 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nova Scotia will be temporarily restricting who it lets into the province for at least four weeks.

Those not coming from Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador will not be allowed to enter unless they are permanent residents or their travel is essential.

Due to the restrictions, Rankin says plans to reopen the bubble must be delayed.

"That's clearly not going to happen with that falling within the four week period," said Rankin. "That's the right decision."

Rankin says he will continue to have discussions with his provincial counterparts about the bubble opening when cases drop and it's safer to do so.

The bubble was originally supposed to go into effect on April 19, but that date was pushed back for at least two weeks due to a spike in cases in New Brunswick.




Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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