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'Do not go back and forth': Strang says cottage owners must pick one residence and stay there

Dr. Robert Strang says the more movement there is, the more opportunity the virus has to spread
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Dr. Robert Strang at a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Feb. 2

Nova Scotia's top doctor is telling residents with two homes to choose one and stick with it while travel restrictions remain in place.

Dr. Robert Strang's comments come as the province continues to report high COVID-19 numbers.

Currently, Nova Scotians who travel outside their community for non-essential reasons may be subject to a fine under the Health Protection Act.

With the May long weekend just days away, during Wednesday's COVID-19 briefing, Strang was asked about residents who want to travel to their cottages.

"I think people should recognize that if they actually have a cottage or a second place to go, they are extremely privileged," he said. "There are many people that are struggling to maintain their home, losing their jobs right now." 

"So if you have a second home, choose one of your homes and make that your permanent residence for the next few months. Do not go back and forth."

Strang says the more movement there is, the more opportunity the virus has to spread. He added, even if someone intends to travel straight to their cottage, there's always a chance of an accident or their vehicle breaking down.

"Do the right thing because it's the right thing to care for each other," he said. "Recognize how privileged you are and make the right choice."



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