Published on : Monday, May 31, 2021
Of late, New Brunswick laid out its roadmap for reopening purposes; province’s tourism operators are breathing are feeling relieved as the majorly-hit industry looks to emerge from the dark cloud of COVID-19.
At present, the Harding’s Point campground on the Kingston Peninsula is open but owner Howard Heans pin points that so far, overnight traffic has become slow-going.
However, he’s hoping for a major boost up once travel restrictions are raised.
“We have had a lot of people from other provinces make reservations already for later in the summer,” said Heans. “Because they presume the bubble will be open at that point.”
The New Brunswick province on Thursday announced about its three-phase reopening plan. The first one is set to kick-start from June 7th. It would allow travelers from Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador to visit New Brunswick without self-isolate need.
The second phase would see the Atlantic bubble fully open by Canada Day. Visitors from other parts of the country who had at least one dose of vaccine would be permitted into the province without self isolation.
A welcome development for those who depend on tourists from other regions.
“We miss the American traffic,” said Heans. “A lot of Quebecers stop here going to Shediac or Nova Scotia or wherever, they come down that corridor and stop here, or stop on their way home. Quebec traffic is missed, and Ontario traffic.”
The final benchmark for the reopening plan for the province is set for New Brunswick Day, August 2.
“Having dates is fantastic,” said executive director of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick Carol Alderdice. “But, what’s even more fantastic is the possibility of being able to greet guests from outside of New Brunswick and even outside of the Atlantic bubble by July first and with the hopes of going green by August second.”
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