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CP NewsAlert: N.L. to welcome travellers from rest of Canada as early as July 1

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador is aiming to ease border restrictions and welcome travellers from the rest of Canada as early as July 1.

Health authorities revealed the goal today as they unveiled the province’s reopening plan, which they are calling “Together Again.”

The province has maintained some of the strictest pandemic border controls in the country, which were unsuccessfully challenged in court last year by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

The July 1 date for national travellers is contingent on COVID-19 case counts staying low in the province and on it hitting its goal of administering at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 75 per cent of residents aged 12 and over.

The plan says fully vaccinated Canadian travellers will not have to self-isolate or present a negative COVID-19 test.

Partially vaccinated Canadians will have to present a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within three days of their departure date, or they can isolate until they get a negative test result.

More coming.

The Canadian Press