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Affect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Sable Island Visitation

Sable Island opened to visitors starting in July 2020, but in order to keep everyone safe, interaction between Parks staff and visitors is minimized. Visitors will now begin their Sable adventure directly from the aircraft - a rudimentary privy toilet and potable water will be available in that vicinity. There is no ground transportation, so visitors must be prepared for a long day of walking outside. The only shade available will be under the wings of the aircraft, so sun protection is a must!

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 non-medical mask or face covering that is:
- made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material such as cotton or linen
- large enough to completely cover the nose and mouth without gaping
- able to be secured to a person’s head with ties or ear loops

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) nor have they had them in the last 14 days*
* If a passenger is exhibiting the above symptoms but they are not COVID-19 related, they must have a medical certificate attesting to that fact or be denied boarding
- are not subject to a mandatory quarantine order (i.e. have not travelled outside of the Atlantic provinces in the last 14 days)
- have not been refused boarding on an aircraft in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19
- have a face mask that meets the above definition
- will wear their face mask during check-in, boarding, and onboard the aircrft
- will comply with instructions from the pilot regarding wearing the mask

A passenger will be denied boarding if they:
- answer any of the above questions in the negative
- 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.