Following an announcement from the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, it seems there are big changes on the horizon for the Atlantic travel bubble.
In a press conference on Monday, November 23, Premier Andrew Furey confirmed that Newfoundland and Labrador would be pausing their participation for at least two weeks.
Moments later, P.E.I. Premier Dennis King confirmed that they would also be pulling out of the bubble.
This means visitors to both provinces will now be expected to isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether they’ve travelled from within Atlantic Canada or not.
The change will be implemented as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday in P.E.I., and exactly 24 hours later in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The break from the Atlantic bubble
Furey said Newfoundland and Labrador officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in neighbouring regions before deciding whether the two-week break should be extended.
For the time being, non-essential travel in and out of Newfoundland and Labrador will be limited, he added.
The changes come as the number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of Atlantic Canada continue to rise.
Since July 3, residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador have been allowed to move freely across each other’s borders without facing travel restrictions.
Until recently, the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada’s Atlantic provinces had remained relatively stable.