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University students asked to stay in Nova Scotia for winter break

Those who leave the province and travel anywhere — besides Newfoundland and Labrador — must quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Nova Scotia
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Premier Stephen McNeil (left) and Dr. Robert Strang at Friday's COVID-19 briefing

As the university winter break approaches, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health asks students to remain in the province to help fight COVID-19.

“If you’re considering travel plans, I ask that you stay in the province during this time,” Dr. Robert Strang said at a COVID-19 briefing on Friday. “If you leave Nova Scotia and travel anywhere, except Newfoundland and Labrador, you must quarantine for 14-days upon returning to Nova Scotia.”

In the Halifax Regional Municipality, most universities — including Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University, Mount Saint Vincent University and the University of King's College — will not have classes from Feb. 15 to 19, a break that's often referred to as reading week.

Including weekends, most students usually have nearly 10 days of no classes.

While it's often a time for students to plan trips and vacations out-of-province, the danger of COVID-19 and the obstacle of quarantine restrictions make getting away much more difficult.

However, the majority of winter university courses are still only offered online making it simpler for students to leave the province and attend their classes while completing a 14-day quarantine.

Acadia University in Wolfville, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish and Cape Breton University in Sydney will also have no classes from Feb. 15 to 19.

Today, Nova Scotia reported no new cases of COVID-19 with a total of seven active cases in the province — a low number Strang wants to continue seeing.

"This is a direct result of the commitment Nova Scotians have to keeping our communities safe," Strang said in that news release. "I encourage everyone to remain vigilant so we can continue to see these low cases of COVID-19 in our province."

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