Nova Scotia announced Thursday that it will open its border to people travelling from New Brunswick without restrictions starting June 30 at 8 a.m.
The province said there will be no requirements to self-isolate or complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in.
As of Thursday, Premier Iain Rankin also announced that people travelling from New Brunswick with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine do not have to isolate at all.
Rankin said the province is officially opening the border after one more week based on the recommendation of Public Health.
“Public Health has asked us for a little more time to boost our coverage of second doses while watching the epidemiology before modified restrictions are removed on travel from New Brunswick,” he said.
In response, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said his province was looking forward to connecting again.
“As Atlantic Canadians, we are a close-knit people, who cherish our connections with family and friends, and we look forward to connecting as a region again soon, especially after spending nearly 16 months of following COVID rules and getting vaccinated,”
Also beginning June 30, people travelling from provinces and territories outside Atlantic Canada can come into Nova Scotia.
They will have to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form, upload their proof of vaccination electronically and be prepared to show it, if asked by border officials.
However, the province said they may have to isolate based on vaccination and testing.
Rankin said people with two doses of the vaccine will be able to enter Nova Scotia and testing is no longer a requirement.
People who have had one dose of vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for at least seven days and cannot leave isolation until they get two negative tests results while in Nova Scotia. Tests should be on day one or two and on day five or six
People who have not had any vaccine and those who had a first dose within 14 days of arrival must isolate for 14 days. Testing at the beginning and end of their isolation continues to be recommended, said the province in a release.
Currently, anyone from outside Atlantic Canada who completes 14 days of isolation in Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador can enter Nova Scotia without isolating again.
Five new cases
Nova Scotia reported five new cases of COVID-19 and six recoveries on Thursday.
All of the cases are in Central Zone. Two are related to travel, two are close contacts and one is under investigation.
The province said one of the cases was reported Wednesday and is connected to Joseph Howe Elementary in Halifax.
As of Thursday, Nova Scotia has 59 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, three people are in hospital COVID-19 units, including one in ICU.
On June 23, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,868 tests.
As of Wednesday, 828,701 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 129,822 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
Since April 1, there have been 4,056 positive COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths. There are 3,971 resolved cases.
New COVID-19 Case at Halifax School
Nova Scotia reported one COVID-19 case Thursday, connected to St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary in Central Zone.
This new case came in after the cut-off time for reporting, so it is not included in Thursday’s case numbers.
According to the province, the school will be closed to allow for testing of close contacts and a deep cleaning of the building.
“Families and staff will receive information from the school about next week’s schedule,” the province added.
Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Public health is recommending that all students and staff be tested for COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms.