Robert: Premier hesitant to join an Atlantic province “bubble”
With the number of cases of COVID-19 in a somewhat more manageable state within the four Atlantic provinces, there has been much talk regarding open up the borders between Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. However, Premier Dwight Ball is not too keen on the idea.
In speaking in the House of Assembly about discussions between the four provinces, Premier Ball said, “From Newfoundland and Labrador’s perspective, I have made it clear that this is something we cannot put a date on.”
Non-essential travel around the island and mainland Labrador was just given the thumbs up at the end of May, a fact that Ball was quick to bring up.
“As I’ve always said, it was important for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians first and foremost to be able to travel safely around our own province.”
While advocates for the travel industry are pushing to further alleviate travel restrictions, many in Government, including Provincial NDP leader Alison Coffin, insist that we look to the advice of Public Health Authorities for guidance.
“We have a very vulnerable population, and I would defer to the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines on when it would be appropriate to open our province.”