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NS Premier says province not ready to open up to Canada yet

Premier Stephen McNeil had originally said he was hoping to open up the province to the rest of the country in July, allowing visitors to come to Nova Scotia without self isolating for 14 days
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Premier Stephen McNeil has said a wage increase of more than eight per cent over ?? years 'is not sustainable.' (LOCAL XPRESS / FILE)

The province still hasn't determined when it will open up to the rest of Canada.

Premier Stephen McNeil had originally said he was hoping to open up the province to the rest of the country in July, allowing visitors to come to Nova Scotia without self isolating for 14 days.

But he says they're not ready yet.

"New Brunswick has opened up to the Gaspé area in Quebec but we as a region have not, all premiers from our sister provinces have not agreed to a specific date," he said. "I can tell you, we are going to have to learn to live with COVID. I am looking at possible options for us as a province to start opening up but we're not there yet."

Premier Stephen McNeil says they are still working to ensure public health protocols are in place, adding he understands not all Nova Scotians are on board with the idea.

"We've heard from citizens who have a level of anxiety, we need to work with that," he said. 

"They need to understand as we start opening up, that all of the protocols are in place, to continue to make that public health is the number one issue as we begin to restore the economic health of our province."




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