By the end of April, As death was ticking up in other parts of Canada and the soaring in the United States, the province only 27 confirmed cases of the virus — they are all connected in the journey. None of these patients were hospitalized, and none died.
After a month without a trace of the virus, the island, home to approximately 157 000, is testing the waters a cautious resumption, even in other countries to reconsider their leniency on the domestic flight. Australian officials, for example, are set close the border between the two most populous States on Tuesday evening amid growing business. But starting Friday, travelers can once again, without a mandatory period of isolation, moving between Prince Edward island and three in Canada other Atlantic provinces, new Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia.
The decision to start reopening deserves some struggling business owners, many of whom feared that they will call in the summer season when many tourists usually flock to the Crescent-shaped Isle known for its red beaches and fresh seafood is a big loss. But it is far from a chance for a full recovery. The canadian border is still closed for nonessential travelers from the United States. Last summer, cruise ships brought more than 128 000 visitors to Prince Edward Island. This year is not expected in the Doc.
“Still damaging to the tourism industry, there’s no doubt about it,” Matthew Mackay, Minister of economic development, tourism and culture, said in a telephone interview. But “Atlantic bubble” – he said, will be a game-changer for many business owners, even if “there is a lot of fear still out there that we don’t want to end up with things.”
Concerns about flash
The vast majority of Canada more than 105 000 cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, the largest provinces by population. All four provinces included in the bubble have fared relatively well. Newfoundland and Labrador only confirmed 261 cases and three deaths. In Nova Scotia, where the Prime Minister’s call for people to “stay in the blazing house” went viral, 1,064 cases have been confirmed, and 63 people died. New Brunswick recorded 165 cases and two deaths.
Despite the relatively low price in the region, not all on Prince Edward island sees a cautious opening as the risk that they’re willing to take. The canadian press reported last week, that some people out of province license plates was shared on social media that their vehicles were damaged or the residents expressed concern that they may be carriers of the virus. Some local residents disagree with the policy that allowed hundreds of cottage owners to enter the island in recent weeks, in anticipation of the Friday of the bubble.
Even lifted restrictions on travel, Kelly Doyle, President and co-founder Pei select tours, not this summer waiting for customers. His company caters to Japanese tourists, many of whom are drawn to the Island of love “Anne of Green Gables” in 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, which is located on the island. His “bread and butter” offers visitors from Japan, a full day immersion into the world of “Anne of green Gables” and its author.
The pandemic has led to more serious losses than those, Doyle suffered other crises such as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, he said. But with the protection programmes of the government to help the business owners to wait out the loss, Doyle said, holding in a province isolated from the threat of virus is stronger than the opening.
“For a few dollars, we are going to make tourism, I don’t see any need in opening it,” said he.
Pei select tours co-founder Katsue Masuda said that some clients from Japan, hope will be allowed to return only in the province. At the same time, they are trying to keep attracted customers by posting photos on social accounts of mass-media. “We just stepped up its commitment,” said she.
Morrison, the province’s Top health official, acknowledged that some people are concerned that the influx of tourists may lead to an outbreak. But a cautious opening, she said, is “balancing between the desire to protect people and recognizing the social and economic consequences associated with the restrictions that are in place too long.”
“We’re trying to move forward in the abolition or weakening of many of these restrictions carefully and slowly, because when we look at other countries, and we see an increased incidence of disease and death and a lot of places that have not yet done so carefully that is of interest to us,” she said in a telephone conversation. “I think Canada in General has done a really good job of not only flattening of the curve, but take it down the other side.”
The Atlantic provinces of Canada are taking small steps in order again, as in several States of the United States to reintroduce restrictions after officials took measures off. A huge leap in the numbers began to overwhelm some American hospitals and testing centers.
Mackay said that science had led to the decision to renew the Atlantic provinces and that officials will continue to follow the recommendations of their colleagues ‘ state of health. Collaborating with public health officials and prematurely close the border, he said, “of course, a big part of why we’re doing so well now.”
Isaac Bogoch, an infectious-diseases specialist in Toronto hospital which provides treatment syndrome patients, said in a telephone conversation that in Atlantic Canada to limit the spread of the virus, probably due to a “combination of good policy, compliance, what is good policy and geography.”
Many Canadians watching the rise in cases South of the border with “disbelief and concern,” he said. “You need human health economic health.”
Morrison said the deep sense of community and collective responsibility on Prince Edward Island have come a long way.
“Islanders have responded in such an incredible way to this crisis covid, and they really wanted to look out for each other,” said Morrison. “I end every press conference, reminding us that we are all islanders, we’re all in this together, and let’s be patient with each other and kind to each other. And I think we can actually do it and see the results.”
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