Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, has stated that only vaccinated New Brunswickers should enter Nova Scotia. He added that the province is taking a big risk by trying to relax travel restrictions. Strang stated:
“I have had sleepless nights and I do feel people’s frustrations in this pandemic, and the sacrifices we’ve all had to make to control it. I know you are tired and just want this to be over, but ultimately I have to make recommendations based on the available science while considering acceptable risk and what is best for everyone’s health and safety.”
On Thursday, premier Iain Larkin has announced that the province will open to New Brunswickers without restrictions starting June 30. Strang said that this is not a safe decision. He added:
“Just because nothing happens — you may get lucky. You may take a risk and nothing happens to you. The next time you take a risk something bad may happen.”
According to Strang, it would be ideal if more Nova Scotians get fully vaccinated and get greater protection against the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19. They need to receive both shots of the vaccine before quarantine requirements get lifted.
Still, it seems that the premier’s decision is final. Starting June 30, the travelers from New Brunswick will be able to come to Nova Scotia without restrictions.