FAQ Atlantic Travel Bubble

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It starts at 12:01 a.m. on July 3.

Is this only for tourist travel or can anyone cross Atlantic borders for any reason?

The bubble allows any resident of an Atlantic Canadian province to travel within the region for any reason. Atlantic Canada includes NS, NB, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador.Are visitors from outside Atlantic Canada (ie, other parts of Canada, other countries) allowed to visit Nova Scotia?Visitors from outside Atlantic Canada can come into Nova Scotia but must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, unless they have already done so in another Atlantic province.

How will they prove they already did their self isolation in another Atlantic province?

Will you track people who enter Nova Scotia? How?This involves all four Atlantic provinces. We are working together to quickly have a tracking process in place. Travelers should expect delays as we ask questions and advise about requirements at our points of entry. We expect everyone to follow the rules.

What kind of identification or proof of residency will be required for Atlantic Canadians who want to come into Nova Scotia?

Is there a self-declaration form?To enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating, every adult needs to show either a drivers’ license, government identification card, health card, or a utility bill or bank statement with a valid Atlantic Canadian permanent home address to provincial officials at airports, ferries or the land border when they arrive in the province. No self-declaration form is required.

If you arrive in Nova Scotia on July 2 or earlier, do you have to complete the full 14 days of self isolation?

If you are in the middle of a 14-day self-isolation period right now because you were recently in another Atlantic province your isolation period will end on July 3.

If you are self isolating because you were outside Atlantic Canada, you must complete your full 14 days.

Will all points of entry continue to be staffed by enforcement personnel? Are they screening people?

Yes. We will continue to have a presence at all entrances to the province – airports, ferries, and the land border with New Brunswick. Officials will check identification to confirm residency in Atlantic Canada. People from outside Atlantic Canada will be informed that they must self isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Nova Scotia. Travelers should expect delays.

Are you deploying additional resources at the border? Will you get help from police forces? Are you expecting traffic jams?

We are working withing our existing resources to have officials at the busiest entry points. We don’t know about volumes of visitors for certain but travelers should expect delays.

Will truck drivers and other workers get priority or will they have to wait like any other visitor?

Yes, we have a chit system in place so that they will continue to pass through without stopping forquestions.

Are all the Atlantic provinces now following the same rules? Or does each province keep using its ownset of rules?

Each province continues to have its own public health measures in place. Anyone planning to travel inanother province should make sure they understand the requirements there before they go.

Where do we find the rules in each province? How do we know what’s open, what’s closed?

Each province has a dedicated coronavirus website with information about their rules:N

ova Scotia:

Prince Edward Island:


Newfoundland and Labrador:

What if one province has a spike in cases? Will they withdraw from bubble?

The Atlantic CMOHs are having weekly calls and we are all watching the epidemiology very closely.

Each province may have to make its own decisions based on the situation.

Will there be more testing?

We continue to advise anyone who has one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested. If youhave symptoms, you should not travel.

COVID Update June 26, 2020

FAQ Repopening gathering limit changes updated June 26

Town of Shelburne Adopts 2020-21 Operating Budget

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Town of Shelburne Adopts 2020-21 Capital Budget

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COVID Update: Gathering Limit Changes

F.A.Q. Gathering Limit Changes June 18

COVID Update June 3rd, 2020

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COVID -19 Update June 1 2020


Premier McNeil and Dr. Strang, chief medical officer of health, announced today, May 29, a new gathering limit of 10 and more steps to reopen the economy. The gathering limit applies to things like social gatherings, arts and culture activities like theatre performances and dance recitals, faith gatherings, and sports and physical activity. It also applies to businesses whose main function is gatherings, such as theatres, concerts, festivals and sporting activities, and to businesses that are too small to ensure physical distancing. Outdoor weddings and funeral services can have a gathering of 15 people. 

Other steps announced today include:

Private campgrounds can open for all types of campers starting June 5. They can only operate at 50 per cent capacity and ensure public health protocols are followed.Provincial campgrounds will open to Nova Scotians on June 15. Reservation line will open on June 8. They will operate at reduced capacity to ensure 20 feet between campsites.

Pools can begin maintenance to prepare for opening.

Sleepover camps will not be permitted this year.

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Re-opening of Town Hall Protocols

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Office Closure Update

Town Offices will remain closed until June 1st, 2020 (and update will be given at that time). Staff are working at the office and are available through phone or email. Calls will be returned within 24-48 hrs. Taxes may be paid through online banking, plastiq, or cheque. Water bills may be paid through cheque. Payment deadlines have been extended as noted on your bill.

FAQs for changes to the Public Health Protection Act Order

FAQ May 8 2020

Bill Payments

Due to Covid-19, the Town Office remains closed to the public, therefore payments can be made through cheque, credit card through Plastiq and via online banking. Visit the Town's website for more information and to find your bank's payee information.
Please note that water payments cannot be made through online banking at this time.
Staff are working to provide essential services while the office is closed to the public at this time. Emails and Voicemails will be returned within 24-48 hours should you need assistance.
In order to ensure the continued operation of services, it is critically important for taxpayers to make payments as soon as they are able.
Information can also be found on your tax bill. 

Joint Statement - Town & Yacht Club

To the residents of the Town of Shelburne and Municipality of Shelburne; Some of you may have noticed there is early sailboat traffic in the harbour.

This is to let you know that SHYC board and management, representing the Shelburne Harbour Marina Association, are working closely with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to manage these arrivals in the midst of the Covid-19 situation.

 In the case of the boats that have arrived and more which are expected, these are all Canadians returning from overseas per the federal government’s directive and came to the first available port of entry – Shelburne. They are not tourists. CBSA has been made aware of them prior to arrival and they are being directed, per CBSA, under the requirements of the provincial state of emergency.

 One boat belongs to a family who own a house in Shelburne. That family has been cleared by CBSA to go directly to their home and self-isolate per provincial guidelines. Another boat is bound for Quebec. After making repairs and provisioning, they've been cleared by CBSA to proceed directly there. They have not stepped foot off their boat and have complied “to the letter” with the directives provided by Canada Border Services inspectors. In the above cases, as with any additional boats that arrive, provisioning is being arranged by SHYC Marina Association volunteers following all social distancing and other protocols.

 Please be advised, under no circumstances are crews permitted to leave their boats.

Those boats who must quarantine here will do so on moorings with periodic provisioning arranged by our volunteers, as noted above.

 On behalf of the club and the town, we want to thank the Shelburne Harbour Marina Association volunteers for their work in making this happen and keeping everyone safe.

 For SHYC, Rob StorkCommodore

 For Town of Shelburne, Karen Mattattall Mayor

Easing of Restrictions Covid-19

The Nova Scotia Government lifted the following restrictions, providing physical distancing rules of keeping two metres apart and not gathering in groups of five remain.

 ✅ Provincial and municipal parks and trails in the province are allowed to re-open, although playground equipment will continue to be off limits.

 ✅ Sportfishing will be allowed from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are not allowed.

 ✅ People can attend boating, yacht or sailing clubs for the purpose of preparing boats for use.

 ✅ Nova Scotians will be allowed to use and visit community gardens, and garden centres, nurseries and similar businesses can re-open.

 ✅ Golf driving ranges may open, including those at golf clubs, but courses must remain closed. Golf clubs are allowed to perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening. 

✅ People can use their cottages. This is restricted to one household unit at a time, and travel must be directly to the cottage and back. The province says travelling back and forth from cottages to primary residence is discouraged.

 ✅ Provincial and private campgrounds remain closed but can perform necessary maintenance and prepare for opening. An exception is recreational vehicles parked year-round at private campgrounds, which can be used following the same rules as cottages.

 ✅ Drive-in religious services are allowed, as long as people stay in their cars, parked two metres apart, and there are no interactions between people in cars and others.

 🚫 Please note that, at this time, beaches will remain closed. 

The province is developing a phased plan to further lift public health restrictions, and the timing of each phase will be determined by the result of the easing of restrictions.

 For more information, visit

 Darren ShupeChief Administrative OfficerTown of Shelburne

COVID Government Supports (as of May 1st)

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COVID update May 1st, 2020

Shelburne County Municipal Offices Remain Closed Until May 19, 2020

 Shelburne County, NS, - All five municipal units have made the decision to further extend their municipal office closure to at least until May 19, 2020 due to COVID-19. Although the offices remain closed all municipal units are working to continue to provide those services it can during COVID-19. 

Residents are encouraged to call their municipal office if you have any questions or visit the municipal website and social media for current updates. 

The following remain in place as we continue to work under a Provincial State of Emergency:

 - All non-essential services, such as by-law enforcement, is reduced, in favor of more critical municipal services.

- All recreation related activities are suspended until further notice.

- All municipal related travel is suspended until further notice.

 The municipal units will continue to operate and provide the essential services to its residents. We urge residents to check with their local unit to understand which services will continue and in which manner they will be served. We want to remind our residents that this is a time in which we need to come together and think about each other. Helping our neighbors and those most vulnerable, along with our personal safety is necessary. There is no doubt that these challenging times can cause anxiety and stress but there is no need to panic.

The residents of Shelburne County are resilient, considerate and supportive which will all help make the best of this situation. Please stay home when you can, wash your hands often and practice physical distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet. Stay Safe! Finally, being prepared and staying informed is vital.  

Please visit for up to date information.   

Media Contact:Darren Shupe, Chief Administrative Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our thoughts and condolences go out to those who lost loved ones during this weekend's tragedy. We also collectively mourn the loss of Constable Heidi Stevenson of the RCMP.

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