Atlantic Trucking Association concerned about New Brunswick – New Brunswick COVID-19 border rules
New Brunswick has put in place new restrictions for travelers and the Atlantic Provinces Truckers Association says this will impact the industry and the supply chain.
Premier Blaine Higgs announced on Wednesday that people would have to show proof of vaccination at the border and be subject to restrictions based on their status, including 14 days of isolation.
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It comes as cases continue to rise in the province as part of the green phase of COVID-19 recovery.
Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association executive director Jean-Marc Picard said the group was concerned.
“It’s going to have a huge impact on the industry,” he said in an interview Thursday. “We are still not clear on some things, but we were told yesterday that they had to show proof of vaccination or that they would have to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to New Brunswick, which would disturb primarily the supply chain. , really.”
The trucking industry has faced challenges before, including getting modified isolation when vaccinations began rolling out. He also faced long waits during a border blockade between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
However, Higgs made it clear that the restrictions would not be subject to the same enforcement.
âAt this point, no, we are not planning to organize provincial border controls. It can happen to that. It is right that a lot of it relies on integrity. It’s largely based on the registration requirement, âHiggs said on September 15.
He said registration and proof of vaccination would operate under an honor system.
Picard said that left a lot of things hanging.
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He said vaccination rates in the industry match those of the general population at around 80%. Picard added that the group cannot impose vaccinations, but many retailers and suppliers already are.
âWe are an essential service. Goods have to move, whether it’s food or medical supplies, so any kind of disruption, as you know, can be significant even if it’s only for 24 hours.
The modified isolation option remains in question, Picard said, but he said the association was meeting with the government at 9 a.m. on September 17 to discuss the new rules.
âSo this thing is really amplifying and it could really have a huge impact,â Picard said.
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