A “mini bubble” between Quebec and New Brunswick by the 1st of August

Une «mini bulle» entre le Québec et le Nouveau-Brunswick d’ici le 1er août

FREDERICTON, N.-B. – because of the close proximity between some sectors of the New Brunswick and Quebec, the prime minister of new brunswick, Blaine Higgs, explores the idea of establishing a “mini-bubble” in a specific sector, as of 1 August, which would obviate the requirement to isolate in movement.

The intention is to put in place a twinning project with the regional county municipalities (MRC) of Avignon, and Témiscouata, Quebec, and Restigouche and Madawaska, New-Brunswick so that residents can go back and forth without having to perform a quarantine of 14 days.

However, it would not be possible to spend the night in the neighbouring province, the agreement would only be valid for visits of a day. Visitors should first register online and indicate their postal code.

The people allowed in this bubble could resume their normal activities on a regular basis. The measure would only apply to residents of the MRC and not to the whole of the citizens of Québec.

It is also important to note that the residents of the two RCM of Quebec who are in this bubble would not be admitted to the boundaries if they visited another region of Quebec in the previous 14 days.

The same conditions would also be required to the residents of Campbellton and Edmundston, who would like to make in the MRC d’avignon, and Témiscouata.

In announcing last week that will relax the restrictions, Mr Higgs argued that the “sense of belonging” between these different regions.

“We are working to determine whether it is feasible to relax our restrictions on the border to unite these communities, while continuing to ensure the safety of the residents of New Brunswick,” he argued.

The firm of Blaine Higgs said Wednesday that the idea is still being studied.

In an interview with the QMI Agency, Guylaine Sirois, who holds the position of prefect of the MRC of Témiscouata very much hope that such a bubble is setting up for “the border regions have trade-economic”.

It has been argued that such a measure was claimed since the beginning of the pandemic, reminding us that up here, the MRC has had six confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Ms. Sirois hopes that the residents of the 19 municipalities of its MRC can benefit from this bubble. “We have always been neighbours with affinities”, she added, insisting, however, on the observance of the guidelines.

“We just hope that it can regulate”, she informed, noting that during the visit of prime minister François Legault in the region, last week, the latter had referred to discussions at the top place with New Brunswick on this topic.

“We want to especially that the people are very attentive” to action and the directives of health authorities, such as the wearing of the mask, and the respect of the distancing physical.


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