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New Airline Rules Cause for Concern amid Atlantic Bubble: Crosbie
Crosbie noted his office continues to hear stories and concerns from people all across our province of lax screening at airports, port terminals and borders.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (June 30, 2020) – PC Official Opposition Leader and MHA for Windsor Lake Ches Crosbie today expressed concern over news that WestJet and Air Canada will be allowed to fill all seats on routes starting July 1. Due to COVID 19, over the past few months, both airlines had not been selling the middle seat on aircraft to encourage physical distancing.

“As we move into an “Atlantic Bubble,” what specific measures will be enhanced at our points of entry to ensure we remain safe and COVID free” asked Crosbie. “Our healthcare system remains crippled, we still do not have a plan to resume K-12 education in September and loved ones cannot visit relatives. Yet, direct, non-stop flights from Toronto and Montreal will begin arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador. These are still hot spots for COVID 19. Other flights will land in Halifax from parts West to board additional passengers, which is within the Atlantic Bubble.”

Crosbie noted his office continues to hear stories and concerns from people all across our province of lax screening at airports, port terminals and borders.

“Over 2000 people flooded into our province just this past weekend. And this was before this latest move. Given the coming further relaxation there are many unanswered questions like: will individuals have to file an isolation plan, will self-quarantine for 14 days be required, and will testing be required upon arrival in our province?” asked Crosbie.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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