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N.L. tells ‘come from aways’ to stay away after pandemic rules flouted

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Newfounland and Labrador's chief medical officer of health, addresses media on COVID-19 on March 21, 2020.
Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Newfounland and Labrador's chief medical officer of health, addresses media on COVID-19 on March 21, 2020. Facebook: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador is clamping down on travel to the province after reports of tourists arriving by ferry to view icebergs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald announced Wednesday that the new measures will take effect Monday.

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Only people whose primary place of residence is in the province, asymptomatic workers in key sectors and people in extenuating circumstances who are pre-approved by her office will be allowed to enter.

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Fitzgerald calls the restrictions an essential measure to protect the health and safety of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

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The change follows reports of tourists going iceberg-hunting along parts of the province’s coast.

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On Tuesday, Health Minister John Haggie said earlier orders barring non-essential travel and requiring people to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival were not being respected.