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LETTER: Now is not the time to be a tourist

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I just read about the tourists in Bonavista not respecting quarantine requirements. Most tourists come here for a very short time, and once they get here asking them to quarantine themselves for 14 days is an absurdity. They probably won’t be in the province for the full 14 days!

Both the provincial and federal governments must issue wide and frequent notices to would-be tourists that it's not business as usual, which tourists should already know anyway. If they are told, before boarding plane or ferry, that they will be stopped upon landing and taken to forced quarantine, I’m sure they will decide not to embark on their trip.

This may sound very harsh but it’s much harsher to endanger the health and life of those living in the province.

That the award-winning ads were already there is no excuse to let them come. Take the ads off the air immediately and replace them with clear information about the rules.

Our governments should follow the example of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern.

Elena Hannah
St. John's

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