New Brunswick premier calls for end to blockade at Nova Scotia border | FULL

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During a COVID-19 update on Wednesday, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs called on protesters at a blockade at the border with Nova Scotia to let traffic through and not “lose sight” of their objective: to get through the pandemic.

Higgs said he was “disappointed” in the blockade, adding that “this isn’t a time to lose control or lose patience or cause disruption to friends and neighbours.”

“I would just encourage the blockade to open up,” he said.

The so-called Atlantic Bubble was set to begin Wednesday morning— allowing for travel between the Atlantic provinces. However, Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin announced Tuesday afternoon that people coming from New Brunswick would still be subject to isolation requirements based on vaccination status and testing. Rankin said the move stemmed from New Brunswick’s decision to open up to Canadians with at least one dose of a vaccine last week.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell told the briefing that the province “did not act in haste or without due consideration” for the risk of COVID-19 following the decision to move into phase two of its reopening plan.

While an initial blockade wrapped up Tuesday evening, a second protest emerged at the border and continued on Wednesday.

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