Keep Atlantic bubble, but don't open to the rest of Canada

Keep Atlantic bubble, but don't open to the rest of Canada

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Leonie Muldoon started this petition to Premier Stephen McNeil

The Nova Scotia government has indicated that the province will be opened to the rest of Canada probably by the middle of July. The rationale behind this decision is that tourism is one of Nova Scotia's most important industries; in order for families and communities to survive economically, we must encourage visitors from all other provinces. 

While it is factual that many businesses are dependent on tourism in Nova Scotia, as is the case with the other Atlantic provinces, it is equally true to say that visitors do not need to be flown into our province; in fact, there are many compelling reasons to discourage this. As of July 1st, Air Canada and West Jet are no longer physically distancing their passengers; the risk that new arrivals will contract COVID-19 while traveling through airports and in airplanes, is very real. Once they have arrived in Nova Scotia, there will be no requirement for self-isolation, so the virus will be able to spread far and wide. This could pose detrimental long term effects on Nova Scotia businesses, as lock-down restrictions will surely be re-implemented over the long winter. Health Canada authorities have warned that a second wave is a 'statistical certainty', and now is not the time to take down our guard. 

Many Nova Scotia businesses have indicated that they prefer to bubble with the rest of the Atlantic provinces, where the incidence of COVID-19 is currently very low. As travel within the Atlantic bubble will not require air traffic, it is a much safer option than to invite visitors from the rest of Canada. Moreover, many campground owners and B&B keepers are already fully booked for the summer with Atlantic guests, proving that Atlantic stay-cations are extremely popular this year. We love to see the rest of Canada, but not as of yet! 

Let's keep Nova Scotia safe - please sign the petition! 

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