LOCAL NEWS BLANC-SABLON – FEBRUARY 15, 2021: No changes at the border tonight says the local SQ
CFBS received lots of calls and messages today regarding if there will be changes taking place at the border here in Blanc-Sablon tonight at 7 PM.
Speaking with Denis Chartier, of the local Sûreté du Québec office here in Blanc-Sablon, Mr. Chartier informed us that they had been requested by public health to be prepared to set up security at the border if needed, but at this time there is no mandate set for the time and date of the security check point to be installed. "We are on hold right now, there will be no check point set up at the border this evening" stated Mr. Chartier.
On Friday February 12, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald announced the province has moved back to Alert Level 5 of its response plan in an effort to gain control of the quickly spreading coronavirus variant B117, which health officials say is the cause of the recent outbreak. Under an Alert Level 5, health officials are asking everyone to stay home as much as possible, except to collect essential items, such as groceries and medications. They are also asking people to limit contacts to only those in their immediate household bubble in Newfoundland and Labrador.
CFBS also received information from local residents of Blanc-Sablon this afternoon stating that there was no change in cross border travel for essential services, including essential shopping, and that the same procedure is in effect as in the last couple of months with the Newfoundland and Labrador border security.
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