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Nova Scotia's premier takes wait-and-see stand on lifting of regional travel

Last Updated Jun 11, 2020 at 10:40 am PDT

FILE - Premier Stephen McNeil addresses a news conference in Halifax on Sunday, March 15, 2020. McNeil is still not committing to a public inquiry into the shooting rampage that claimed 22 lives last month, saying the province is waiting to see what federal authorities ultimately do aside from the ongoing RCMP investigation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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Nova Scotia premier throws cold water on idea of non-restricted travel within the Atlantic provinces by early July

Stephen McNeil issued statement saying that Nova Scotia is open to the idea of an 'Atlantic bubble'

Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King says there seems to be 'agreement' for some Atlantic bubbling by July

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s premier is throwing some cold water on the idea that there could be non-restricted travel within the Atlantic provinces by early July.

Stephen McNeil issued a short statement today saying that while Nova Scotia is open to the so-called “Atlantic bubble,” his province can’t put a date on such an opening yet.

McNeil says he can’t be more specific until his province is sure that case numbers for COVID-19 remain low throughout the region.

Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King was a little more definitive when asked about the idea following a meeting of Atlantic premiers on Wednesday.

King told CBC there “seems to be agreement” for some Atlantic bubbling by sometime in early July if a downward trend in COVID-19 cases continues in the region.

However, McNeil says if Nova Scotia continues to flatten its curve the province’s first priority will be to ease restrictions at home.

He said his province will continue to monitor the presence of the virus over the next few weeks to ensure the number of cases stays low and that there is little to no community spread.

“We will decide when to lift those restrictions based on science,” said McNeil.

As things stand, the premier said anyone who wants to come to Nova Scotia is welcome, as long as they don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19 and can self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive.