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Atlantic Canadians staying put

Atlantic Canadians haven't yet explored out of their home province since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

A study by Narrative Research has revealed that those in areas such as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have failed to use the Atlantic bubble - which allows movement between these regions without the standard 14 day quarantine either there or on return - and are still preferring to stay at home.

Since the bubble was announced in July, due to low COVID-19 cases in the area, only two in 10 people (21 per cent) have personally travelled or had someone in their house travel, meaning 79 per cent of Atlantic Canadians have chose to stay at home.

But for those that have travelled, overall, 87 per cent are happy with the measures put in place to protect residents from the virus.

And for who have travelled within the bubble, on average, they are more likely to be under 55, and have higher incomes.

Margaret Brigley, Narrative Research CEO, said: "Atlantic Canadians are clearly uncomfortable with the anticipated risk associated with opening our borders. We've taken much action in the past five months, through efforts like social distancing, remote working, personal bubbles, a regional bubble, and wearing masks. These have collectively paid off and put the region in an enviable position with minimal to no cases and no evidence of community spread. But findings suggest that residents are not confident that safety measures in place would protect us from a viral spread if borders were to open."

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