A woman from Nova Scotia living in St. John’s says her family is homeless after selling her home in Newfoundland to move to her home province, but is denied a travel exemption as a result of a sudden change of rule.
Rebecca Bezanson had been planning her return to Nova Scotia for months while staying in Newfoundland to finish her children’s school year. She sold her home and cottage and bought a home in Nova Scotia in March.She was planning to move into her new home in June and asked the Nova Scotia government for a travel exemption on Friday. However, due to a rule change that took effect on Monday, the province’s border is now closed to people looking to move in.
“I won’t have a place to live. And they all said, “You have to find other accommodation,” “Bezanson told CBC News on Sunday.
Prior to the rule change announcement in Nova Scotia on Friday, travelers from Newfoundland and Labrador could enter Nova Scotia if travel was deemed essential or if they were permanent residents of the province. People moving to the province were required to provide proof of their new permanent residence in Nova Scotia.
Rules have been changed following an outbreak of COVID-19 in the province, the number of daily new cases of which exceeded 100 for several consecutive days and had an active case count of 1,572 as of Thursday afternoon .
“If you’ve bought a house and you’re moving here, you’ll have to wait,” Premier Iain Rankin said in a provincial update Friday.
This leaves Bezanson in a difficult position to find accommodation with his family at the moment.
“Being able to try to find accommodation at the last minute with two dogs and two children is not easy at all. What should I do? Looking for an Airbnb? For how long? ” she said.
“I’m going to have a mortgage and I’m going to pay the price for Airbnb vacations like I’m going on vacation to my home province.”
Bezanson said the family are weighing their options.
“I don’t know how you can make someone homeless,” she said. “Because that’s what [it is]. Nova Scotia is essentially homeless. “
CBC News asked the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for comment and clarification on the province’s restriction rules on Sunday, and had not received a response at the time of publication.
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