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Affect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Sable Island Visitation

These are unprecedented times, so in order to keep everyone safe, interaction between Parks staff and visitors is minimized. Visitors are not taken back to the station, but begin their Sable adventure directly from the aircraft. A rudimentary privy toilet and potable water will be available in that vicinity.

Sable Island from the air

Transport Canada has released an Interim Order which places certain flight restrictions and requirements on both Sable Aviation and its passengers. This document has the force of law, and violation of these requirements or falsifying information may result in a fine of up to $5,000 for individuals, and up to $25,000 for corporations.

Face mask means any medical or non-medical mask or face covering that:
- is made of multiple layers of tightly woven material such as cotton or linen
- is large enough to completely cover a person’s nose, mouth, and chin without gaping
- can be secured to a person’s head with ties or ear loops
- does not have an exhalation valve

Gators and handkerchiefs are not considered suitable.

The portion of the mask in front of a wearer’s lips may be made of transparent material that permits lipreading if the rest of the mask is multiple layers of tightly woven materials with a tight seal between the transparent material and the rest of the mask.

All passengers of Sable Aviation flights must certify that they:
- do not have, nor suspect they have, COVID-19
- do not have the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever and cough/breathing difficulties)
OR are in possession of a medical certificate indicating their symptoms are not related to COVID-19
- have not been refused boarding on an aircraft in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19
- are not subject to any mandatory quarantine orders per the government of Nova Scotia web site, nor is anyone who resides in their household
- are in possession of a face mask that meets the requirements of the above definition and will wear it during check-in, boarding, and for the duration of the flight, except when drinking or taking oral medication
- will comply with any instruction given by a crew member with respect to wearing a face mask

A passenger will be denied boarding if they:
- cannot comply with any of the above conditions
- refuse to answer any of the above questions
- are found to have falsified any answers
- exhibit COVID-19 symptoms

If a person is denied boarding due to COVID-19 symptoms, they are further banned from boarding all flights for a period of 14 days unless they can provide a medical certificate indicating that their symptoms are not related to COVID-19.