Cautious for good reason? Why P.E.I. is opening to tourists more slowly than its neighbours

Cautious for good reason? Why P.E.I. is opening to tourists more slowly than its neighbours

The unveiling of the other Atlantic provinces' re-opening plans has triggered some jealousy in Prince Edward Island's tourism industry. As of now, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are planning to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from across the country on July 1st. If all goes well in Nova Scotia, that province could open up to vaccinated Canadians by mid-July. P.E.I., on the other hand, won't let regular tourists from outside the region visit until September, after the peak tourism season. That's unless the Island's vaccine rollout speeds up considerably. "I think it would be very hard for us an industry to stand by and watch those provinces — if they manage to pull this off safely — have a better tourism year than us," said Dan James, the owner of Kindred Spirits Inn and Cottages in Cavendish. "It would be very hard for us to watch that." So why is P.E.I. opening its borders more slowly than its Atlantic counterparts? When Premier Dennis King was asked that question, he said this: "Our capacity here to deal with an outbreak is …
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