New Brunswick has announced it is restricting inter-provincial migration to help the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
Provincial ‘peace officers’ are authorized to turn away visitors trying to enter the province from Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. All unnecessary travel into New Brunswick is prohibited in a move aimed to half the spread of COVID-19.
Premier Blaine Higgs said: “We must do all we can to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Brunswick.
“We are implementing screening at interprovincial borders. Regardless of where you are, we urge you to avoid any non-essential travel.”
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All travellers entering the province from the three neighbouring will, like international travellers, be required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.
Inter-provincial travellers will be stopped and required to produce identification. Their contact information and intended destination will be collected, even if they are only passing through the province.
The province says commercial traffic and essential workers will be exempt from the restrictions, “so that services are maintained and critical supplies can continue to move across provincial boundaries unimpeded.”
Exemptions also include police officers, firefighters, paramedics and members of the military.
As of March 25, New Brunswick had 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
New Brunswick has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19.
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program says it is continuing to accept and process applications for its economic immigration streams.
A statement said that there may be delays in the processing of files due to coronavirus.