Many Nova Scotians concerned about loosening border restrictions in New Brunswick – .

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Many Nova Scotians concerned about loosening border restrictions in New Brunswick – .


BEDFORD, NS – As New Brunswick lifts all COVID-related restrictions, many Nova Scotians are wondering if their neighbor is moving forward too quickly.

“I’m a little worried about this. I’m a little worried, ”said Lindsay Sooley, who was shopping at Sunnyside Mall on Friday with her young daughter. “I’m not entirely sure we’re there yet and it worries me a bit that we have carte blanche to come and go with them. “

“I think it’s premature,” Darren Corning said.

“We’ve taken a cautious approach in the Atlantic provinces so far and I don’t think the right way to go is to lift the locks and basically throw them away. “

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, New Brunswick is dropping its COVID restrictions – including mandatory masks, assembly limits and border controls.

Epidemiologist Kevin Wilson said he was not concerned.

“There is no evidence of a virus circulating in New Brunswick. They’re kind of in the same boat as us (Nova Scotia) and so they’re not going to sort of go on Friday night and lift the restrictions and then on Saturday morning have a horrible, massive outbreak. That’s not really how it works, ”Wilson said.

The question to be answered, he said, is how the Atlantic provinces will approach the risk of importing the virus in the long term, adding that this is not a problem specific to New Brunswick. .

“I think you’re probably going to see that they’re going to be more tolerant of that risk, but I think there might be different approaches to making testing available or requiring quarantine in the future and that’s actually something. something the provinces should at least within the broad outline of the strokes, ”Wilson said.

The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness has said it does not anticipate any changes to Nova Scotia border policy as New Brunswick goes green.

Amherst Mayor David Kogon said people haven’t told him about the changes in New Brunswick. He thinks this shows that the community isn’t anticipating much impact.

“New Brunswickers when entering Nova Scotia will be expected to follow Nova Scotia public health rules and will therefore wear masks when in public places,” said Kogon.

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