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Nova Scotians steadfast on keeping borders shut : poll

More than eight in ten Atlantic Canadians now express opposition to removing the self-isolation restriction to cross-border visitors
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While Ontario has reported 939 new cases of COVID-19 on October 9, marking a new daily record for the province, here in Nova Scotia people are unwavering in their opposition to opening up the borders to the rest of Canada anytime soon.

That's according to a new poll from Halifax-based Narrative Research.

One of Canada’s foremost full-service market intelligence and market research companies, Narrative Research asked Atlantic Canadians their opinions on removing the 14-day quarantine period imposed on those who cross borders from outside the Atlantic bubble.

Findings showed 81 per cent, or more than eight in ten Atlantic Canadians, now express opposition to removing the self-isolation restriction - raising the figure from 77 per cent in early August.

"Our economy is hurting, there's no question there," the polling company's CEO, Margaret Brigley, told NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show.

"But I think Atlantic Canadians, we're uncomfortable with the anticipated risk that's associated with lifting those travel restrictions to the region and we're in a pretty enviable spot right now."

Brigley said the increased numbers are likely linked to the resurgence of cases in other provinces, adding 83 per cent of Nova Scotians oppose lifting the travel restriction.

The survey was conducted from September 24-29 from over 1,900 Atlantic Canadians, 914 of them Nova Scotian. Participants were 18 years of age or older.

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