Newfoundland and Labrador has plans to roll out the red carpet for fully vaccinated visitors as it begins lifting its coronavirus restrictions in less than two weeks.
A move that will potentially reopen the province to the rest of the country by Canada Day (July 1), the announcement is what officials are calling “a major milestone on the path to living with COVID-19.”
“After a long 15 months, this is the strongest signal yet that the worst may be behind us," said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald told media on Wednesday (June 2).
The decision to allow fully-vaxxed travellers into Eastern Canada province will go ahead just as long as 75 per cent of the eligible population has at least one dose of a vaccine and COVID-19 cases remain low, officials said.
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A timeline has be announced for relaxing restrictions.
Starting June 15, rules around formal and personal gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, will be eased, while allowing for a gradual return to offices.
As early as July 1, non-essential travel within Canada will be allowed – although, the requirements for vaxxed, partially-vaxxed and non-vaxxed visitors will vary.
- Fully vaccinated Canadians will have no testing or isolation requirements.
- Partially vaccinated travellers must present a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test result or self-isolate upon arrival until they receive a negative test result.
- Unvaccinated Canadian travellers, however, must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
If low COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations continue, local restrictions will ease even further by as early as Aug. 15, when capacity limits in restaurants will discontinue, for example.
If 80 per cent of N.L. residents are vaccinated by Sept. 15, workplaces can go back to normal, mask-wearing policies will be reviewed and there will be no limits on gatherings, officials said.
Unvaccinated Canadian travellers will still, however, be required to self-isolate until receiving a negative test result at that time.
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