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Maritime premiers to discuss possibility of re-establishing bubble

Speaking at Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing, Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin said discussions will take place next week
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Premier Iain Rankin at a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, March 9

Nova Scotia's premier says he will meet with his Maritime counterparts next week to discuss the possibility of re-establishing a bubble.

Speaking at Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing, Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin said preliminary discussions have already taken place but the provincial leaders plan to have a more "constructive conversation" on the next steps.

This comes as Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and New Brunswick continue to report low COVID-19 case numbers.

Rankin says he has not contemplated including Newfoundland and Labrador at this point.

"We would need to comfort looking at our own epidemiology and the neighbouring provinces," said Rankin. "But we understand that there's benefits with our three provinces and the movement of people and goods throughout the region, so we're going to have that discussion next week."

Currently, P.E.I. residents are able to travel to Nova Scotia without having to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

The original Atlantic bubble, which included Newfoundland and Labrador, ended last November following COVID-19 outbreaks in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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