Covid-19 Updates

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About COVID-19

About the virus, how it spreads,
symptoms, treatment and testing.


NB’s response

What New Brunswick is doing
to respond to the outbreak.


Recovery plan

Information on public health
alert levels and triggers

 


Staying healthy together

Resources and information to help you protect yourself and those around you.

 


Travel information

Information for international
and interprovincial travellers.

 


Contacts

Important telephone numbers and
emails to answer your questions.

 

Learn more about the public health recovery phases.

 

The COVID-19 state of emergency and you

Government has taken measures to protect the health and wellbeing of New Brunswickers during the COVID-19 pandemic. That has led to a State of Emergency and an emergency order restricting many ordinary activities during these extraordinary times.

The Mandatory Order includes rules and conditions aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Everyone, including individuals, employers and businesses, must follow the order to ensure public health.

 


New Brunswick’s COVID-19 and economic recovery road map

Government has introduced New Brunswick's COVID-19 Detailed Alert Levels to ensure the continued economic and social wellbeing for our province. Progress across all phases will be monitored closely to ensure the health and safety of citizens and to limit the resurgence of COVID-19 transmission within the province.

Throughout all the phases, as we progress towards a “new normal” for New Brunswick, it is critical that everyone adhere to public health measures and restrictions to help protect our communities and loved ones.

Alert levels and associated measures are determined by the Government of New Brunswick under the advice and guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. These measures may be updated on regular basis based on new scientific knowledge or effectiveness of previous control measures in Canada or in other countries.     

 

Different regions of the province may be at different alert levels at a given time.

All businesses allowed to operate under any phase except GREEN are required to have a COVID-19 operational plan which aligns to public health and WorkSafeNB guidance to ensure they protect citizens, patrons and employees at all times.

• COVID-19 Fall Pandemic Response and Preparedness Plan 2020

 


 

Current public health alert level

Last updated: October 9, 2020
   

Zones 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 are currently in the Yellow level. Zone 1 (Moncton region) and Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are transitioning back to Orange level, as of midnight tonight, October 9, 2020.

During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.

Yellow Level – Information on what this will mean for you.

Orange Level – Information on what this will mean for you.

Information for international and interprovincial travellers can be found here.


Masks mandatory in indoor public places

Under the Yellow level, masks are now mandatory in most indoor places which include:

  • public spaces where the public and employees interact (retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, restaurants and bars except while eating, etc.) and organized indoor gatherings in public spaces (e.g. weddings, funerals, etc.)
  • common areas like lobbies, elevators and hallways, and public shared spaces including those in private sector and government workspaces; and
  • public transportation.

Continuous mask use is still required in seated venues with one metre physical distancing.

Previously existing mask policies continue to apply in hospitals, health care settings, public schools and early childhood learning facilities.

As approved by the Pandemic Task Force, children under two are exempt from wearing masks, as well as those with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.


Changes to travel restrictions regarding a Quebec border community

The twinning agreement that allowed for non-essential day trips by residents of Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec is suspended.

At the entry point at Campbellton, residents of Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec will be permitted entry to obtain groceries, prescription medications and essential goods and services not available to them in their own community, as it was prior to the twinning agreement.

Travel also continues to be permitted for work, medical appointments, to fulfill the terms of a child custody agreement and to obtain child care.

Students can continue to cross the border to attend school for kindergarten to Grade 8. Arrangements are being made to provide remote learning for high school students beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13. High school students will be permitted entry on Friday, Oct. 9.

 

Public Health phases and triggers

The public health phases mean people can see and plan for the kinds of restrictions that may be required to be put in place to protect New Brunswickers from COVID-19. This includes limiting human contact, as well as travel and business operations.  Based on comprehensive risk assessments conducted by Public Health, region or provincial limitation can be set in place.

The alert levels tell us all what public health measures need to be taken. Until there is a vaccine, community public health measures should be followed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The phased plan will allow health experts to monitor and evaluate the impact of the lifting of restrictions. At any time, restrictions that have been lifted may quickly be reinstated to protect public health. Restrictions may be put in place based on provincial, regional or local circumstances such as unlinked community outbreaks or cases that cannot be traced.

Risk assessments are triggered if the following occurs:

a) Going back one alert level would be assessed when: One item in each of two of the three columns are met.

b) Going back to red alert level would be assessed when: One or more in each of the three columns are met; OR by the presence of more than one trigger in any given column, plus the addition of one more trigger from any other column.
  

Epidemiology

  • Doubling time of cases in less than six (6) days (not applicable if we still have low number of cases).
  • More than three (3) unlinked chains of community transmission in less than a six (6) day period.
  • Outbreaks in high vulnerability settings where there is risk of transmission to the community

Public Health

  • 10% or more of all contacts cannot be reached by Public Health within 24 hours.
  • Public Health is not able to reach or actively monitor all identified close contacts within 48 hours.
  • Insufficient facilities for non-hospitalized COVID-19 infected people who cannot be safely cared for at home (i.e. vulnerable populations, group settings which do not allow for self-isolation).
  • Compliance with public health directives and recommendations are no longer being followed by the public (e.g. physical distancing, masking).

Health Care

  • Inability to scale up to 2x the number of ICU patients from current census (including staffing).
  • Health system can no longer screen and test the required number of symptomatic patients in a timely manner.
  • Less than a four (4) week supply of PPE for double the current case load.
  • Insufficient face masks to provide to all patients seeking care even if cases double.
  • More admissions than discharges for COVID-19 over three (3) consecutive days.
  • Do not have baseline capacity in general health services, including through expansion of telemedicine for Covid-19 and usual care.
  • Health-care facilities can no longer be structured to reduce possibility of exposure at triage and all other locations.
  • Increasing number of new health-care worker infections for six (6) consecutive days (affect workforce, and indicates poor infection prevention and control practices)

 

 

Red level
 

Strict controls to flatten the curve and contain the virus as quickly as possible. COVID-19 is no longer controlled in the province.

Available services are limited to those that are essential, with mandatory public health measures in place such as physical distancing, business closures and travel restrictions.

Risk Assessment:

  • There are three (3) unlinked chains of community transmission within 6 days.
  • Health-care system is overwhelmed.
  • Public health measures are no longer effective.
  • Outbreaks and new clusters can no longer be controlled through testing, tracing and self-isolation measures.

Subject to the Public Health and WorkSafeNB COVID-19 general guidance, the following activities are allowed:

  • Frequent hand washing, surface cleaning and physical distancing (2m)
  • Single household bubble plus formal or informal caregivers and members of immediate family (parents, children, siblings and grand-parents).
  • Outdoor gatherings with physical distancing of 5 people or less. Physical distancing required in all other settings.
  • Outdoor (drive-in) religious services only.
  • Community face masks are mandatory.
  • Non-urgent medical procedures and elective surgeries are postponed.
  • Strict visitor restrictions in health and long-term care facilities and similar vulnerable settings.
  • Primary care providers and regulated health professionals may operate utilizing virtual whenever possible.
  • Unregulated professionals and personal services are closed.  
  • Daycares remain open with appropriate guidance.
  • K to 12 school is limited to virtual only. Teachers and employees in schools to teach virtually from their classrooms.
  • Post-secondary education can continue to operate in-person for all practical programs but only virtually in areas where it is possible.
  • All food and beverage will be reduced to drive-thru, take-out and delivery.
  • Gym and fitness facilities are closed, including other similar close contact sport or recreational businesses or facilities.
  • Public spaces such as casinos, amusement centres, bingo halls, arcades, cinemas and large live performance venues are closed.
  • All other businesses and public services, including retail, can operate under a COVID-19 operational plan.
  • Strict self-isolation requirement for asymptomatic out-of-province visitors if COVID-19 is not under control in neighbouring jurisdiction.

 

 

Orange level

 

Balancing the reopening of businesses and activities while preventing a resurgence of transmission. Significant risk that COVID-19 is no longer under control in the province.

Risk Assessment:

  • Travel-related cases and new chains of community transmission are accelerating.
  • Health-care system still able to manage but under pressure.
  • Compliance with public health measures decreasing.
  • Outbreaks can still be controlled through public health measures.

Subject to the Public Health and WorkSafeNB COVID-19 general guidance, the following activities are allowed:

  • Two household bubble plus formal or informal caregivers and members of immediate family (parents, children, siblings and grand-parents).
  • Outdoor gatherings with physical distancing of 10 people or fewer. Physical distancing required in all other settings.
  • Indoor religious observances, funerals, celebrations of life, marriage ceremonies, receptions and social gatherings of more than 10 persons are prohibited.
  • Community face masks remain mandatory in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors. 
  • Non-urgent medical procedures and elective surgeries allowed.
  • Strict visitor restrictions maintained in vulnerable settings.
  • Primary care providers and regulated health professionals may operate utilizing virtual whenever possible.
  • Unregulated health professionals are allowed, close contact personal services such as barbers, hair stylists or spas remain closed.
  • Daycares and K to 12 schools are open under strict guidance, virtual to be used for at-risk populations. Day camps are allowed.
  • Post-secondary education can operate.
  • Outdoor recreational activities are allowed, including campgrounds, ATV or snowmobile trails. No organized sports.
  • Gym and fitness facilities remain closed, including other similar sport or recreational businesses or facilities.
  • Casinos, amusement centres, bingo halls, arcades, cinemas and large live performance venues are closed.
  • All other businesses, including food, beverage and retail, can operate under a COVID-19 operational plan. Record keeping for seated venues is a requirement.
  • Strict self-isolation requirement for asymptomatic out-of-province visitors if COVID-19 is not under control in neighbouring jurisdiction.

  
Community public health measures

Public health measures for businesses, educational institutions, organizations and service providers

COVID-19 operational plan guide: keeping New Brunswickers safer together

WorkSafeNB: Embracing the new normal as we safely return to work

Guidance Document of General Public Health Measures During COVID-19 Recovery

Additional information for small, medium and large New Brunswick businesses

 

 

Yellow level
 

Reopening of more businesses and activities after the ability to control transmission has been demonstrated. COVID-19 is controlled, still a risk of community transmission.

Risk Assessment:

  • Sporadic travel-related cases and isolated outbreaks are occurring.
  • Individual cases and outbreaks can be controlled through testing, tracing and self-isolation.

Subject to the Public Health and WorkSafeNB COVID-19 general guidance, the following activities are allowed:

  • People can reconnect in-person with close friends and extended family. Should limit groups and follow public health guidance.
  • Keep uncontrolled indoor or outdoor gatherings with physical distancing at 50 people or fewer.
  • Occupancy limits in controlled indoor and outdoor settings should remain at a level which allow for physical distancing. Record keeping for participants is required to facilitate contact tracing.
  • Community face masks must be worn in public spaces (including retail businesses, malls, service centres, public transport, etc.) and at unofficial indoor gatherings in New Brunswick.However, community face masks are not a substitute for physical distancing.
  • Visitor restrictions are loosened in vulnerable settings with the use of personal protective equipment.
  • All types of businesses and activities are allowed to operate under a COVID-19 operational plan. Record keeping for seated venues is a requirement.
  • All educational and camp facilities are open under appropriate public health guidance, virtual to be used for at-risk groups.
  • Eliminate self-isolation requirement for asymptomatic visitors if COVID-19 is under control in neighbouring jurisdictions.

Occupancy of any facility must be based on the ability to maintain physical distancing between people that are not close friends and family.

Controlled venues at which seating is offered for the purposes of eating, drinking, socialization, celebration, ceremony or entertainment are required to maintain a record of the names and contact information of all persons who attend. The same applies to anyone who hosts, organizes or permits gatherings larger than 50. Keep information in a secure place and not in the public view. More information can be found in Collection of names and contact information under the Mandatory Order COVID-19.

This will enable Public Health to conduct targeted contact tracing in an expeditious manner should there be a COVID-19 case associated with the facility.

  
Community public health measures

Public health measures for businesses, educational institutions, organizations and service providers

COVID-19 operational plan guide: keeping New Brunswickers safer together

WorkSafeNB: Embracing the new normal as we safely return to work

Guidance Document of General Public Health Measures During COVID-19 Recovery

Additional information for small, medium and large New Brunswick businesses

 

 

Green level

 

After a vaccine and herd immunity or effective clinical treatment is available, or more is learned about how to protect people from the virus.

This transition to a new normal includes the reopening of all businesses and activities, with increased health and safety practices remaining part of daily life. All conditions are lifted with the exception of community face masks (facial coverings), which remain required to wear in public when ill.

 

NB's response

What New Brunswick is doing to respond to the outbreak

Declaration of a State of Emergency and Mandatory Order

Learn more about the public health recovery phases

 

Public health

New Brunswick’s public health officials are carefully monitoring the situation in Canada, and around the world, and are ready to respond.

They are:

  • working closely with federal, provincial and territorial partners to share information and assess potential health risks
  • ensuring our health system is ready to respond effectively if needed
  • ensuring front-line health professionals have information about the virus so they can:
    – take recommended actions
    – promptly report suspected cases to public health officials
    – investigate of persons who may have been exposed and are potentially at risk of developing illness to help prevent spread

 

Workers and Businesses

COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses

 

Early Childhood Development and Education

COVID-19 Updates: Education and Early Childhood Development

Emergency Bridging Fund for Vulnerable Post-Secondary Students

 

Law and Justice

COVID-19 Court Information

Custody and access arrangements during COVID-19 restrictions

 

Pandemic Planning

COVID-19 Fall Pandemic Response and Preparedness Plan 2020

New Brunswick Provincial Pandemic Coordination Plan

Pandemic strategy