Covid-19 Updates

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Important Notices

  • Travel Registration Program

If you are travelling into – or back to – New Brunswick, you can register beforehand to speed up your trip. Apply online through the Travel Registration Program. Find out more at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration.  

  • Compassionate travel

​​​Residents of the Atlantic provinces are not required to obtain authorization. This includes in-home end of life visitation; end of life visitation in a hospital, nursing home or hospice (with written confirmation from the facility that you will be allowed entry); to provide care for a person in need of in-home support; to receive in-home care; or to provide or receive child care services that are not available by other means. You can start the application process by calling the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582 and selecting your language of choice. Once in the menu, select “ 1 – Impacted by a Disaster “ then “5 – New Brunswick” and then “1 – Affected by COVID-19”. We cannot grant compassionate requests to cross into New Brunswick from another country on compassionate  grounds. The Government of Canada regulates the international border and travellers entering Canada.

  • Funerals/Celebrations of life

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued general guidance for interprovincial travellers, including specific information on funerals and burials. Details are available here. Entry is permitted to attend the funeral or burial of a family member defined below.

Entry is not permitted for:

1. Making funeral arrangements
2. Visiting
3. Attending the wake

Who can enter to attend a funeral?

1. Parent (including step-parents and parents-in-law)
2. Child (including step-children, foster children and adoptive children)
3. Grandparent (including great-grandparents)
4. Grandchild (including great-grandchildren)
5. Sibling (including step-siblings, half-siblings)
6. Significant other (defined as one of two persons in an intimate partner relationship)

  • Travellers looking for more information can call 1-844-462-8387 on Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Twinned communities in Quebec (Avignon Municipal Regional County, Listuguj First Nation and Temiscouata Municipal Regional County)

Effective Saturday, August 1, residents of the Avignon Municipal Regional County, Listuguj First Nation and the Temiscouata Municipal Regional County who travel into New Brunswick as part of same-day travel only with no overnight stays will not need to self-isolate when they enter New Brunswick. Residents of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador) who travel into, but not beyond, Avignon Municipal Regional County, Listuguj First Nation and Temiscouata Municipal Regional County as part of same day travel with no overnight stays will not need to self-isolate when they return to New Brunswick.

Persons entering from those regions will be required to

  • pre-register through www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration;
  • prove residency in an Atlantic Province, Avignon Municipal Regional County, Listuguj First Nation or Temiscouata Municipal Regional County;
  • attest that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms;
  • attest they have not travelled outside their communities, except into an Atlantic Province, in the previous 14 days;
  • select Quebec twinning as reason for travel.

To ensure the health and safety of all Atlantic Canadians, it is important to maintain good public health measures such as:

  • Avoid travel / vacationing and staying home if sick
  • maintain physical distancing (2m / 6ft)
  • wear a community face mask when physical distancing not possible to maintain
  • limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
  • clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often
  • Frequently wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
    • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • when coughing or sneezing:
    • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
    • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

Travelling outside of Atlantic Canada

Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Atlantic Canada

If you must travel, please visit the Government of Canada's travel advice and advisories page for your destination(s) regularly to verify travel health recommendations and safety and security information. The destination(s) you are travelling to may have different rules and public health measures in place to protect residents from COVID-19. Do your research before leaving so you are not caught unaware when you arrive. It’s important to remember that if you leave the province, not only are you subject to rules in place at your destination(s), but the rules in New Brunswick upon your return as well. For example, unless you’re exempt, you must self-isolate for 14 days after you get back to the province.

Atlantic Bubble Travel 

Effective Friday, July 3, residents of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador) can travel within the four provinces without the requirement to self-isolate. Atlantic Canadians travelling within the region will not need to self-isolate for 14 days.

To ensure the health and safety of all Atlantic Canadians, it is important to maintain good public health measures such as:

  • Avoid travel / vacationing and staying home if sick
  • maintain physical distancing (2m / 6ft)
  • wear a community face mask when physical distancing not possible to maintain
  • limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
  • clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often
  •  Frequently wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
    • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • when coughing or sneezing:
    • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
    • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

Screening of travellers entering New Brunswick

All travellers, including those entering from the other Atlantic provinces, will continue to be screened at interprovincial points of entry into New Brunswick and will be asked for proof of province of residence. Providing this information will support Public Health’s tracing efforts in the event of a case or an outbreak of COVID-19. If you are planning to enter the province, please come prepared with the required documents for travel into New Brunswick. Register your travel ahead of entering New Brunswick as part of your travel preparation plans. Find out more at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration.

Acceptable proof of Atlantic residency: (one of the following)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island driver’s licence
  • Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island government identification card
  • Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island employee identification card
  • Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island Medicare card
  • Other:
    • Utility Bill – phone, internet, electricity, cable, water/sewer or a home heating fuel invoice (oil, natural gas, propane, etc.).
    • Bank Statement, cancelled or void cheque with address
    • Mortgage Documents
    • Personal Income Taxes
    • Property Tax Bill
    • Residential Lease (must be completed and signed by landlord & tenant)
    • Social Assistance Benefit Confirmation including Employment Insurance
    • Employment confirmation or pay stub
    • Child Tax Credit Cheque/stub
    • Declaration from a Guarantor form

Returning from travel outside of New Brunswick

Unless you are exempt, New Brunswickers returning from travel outside of Atlantic Canada need to self-isolate for 14 days. (New Brunswickers returning from work in another Canadian province or territory continue to not be required to self-isolate when they return to New Brunswick).

International travellers

The Government of Canada regulates the international border and travellers entering Canada. Anyone granted entry into Canada is permitted to enter New Brunswick provided that New Brunswick is their immediate destination (where they plan to isolate) or part of the direct route to their immediate destination. Anyone who enters Canada but does not travel directly to New Brunswick (e.g. they undertake their isolation period in another province or territory), will only be permitted entry into New Brunswick if they qualify under the admission criteria. International travellers approved by the Canadian Border Services Agency are not required to complete a provincial traveller registration provided that they are starting their self-isolation in New Brunswick. You will be required to self-isolate for 14 days under the federal Quarantine Act  unless exempt, and upon entering New Brunswick, must follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. For entry into Canada and Canada-U.S. border restrictions, visit the Government of Canada page here and the Canada Border Services Agency page here or call 1-800-461-9999.

Student travellers

International Students

Students coming to New Brunswick from outside Canada must follow any directives from the Government of Canada including orders under the federal Quarantine Act and, upon entering New Brunswick, follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Students coming to New Brunswick from outside Canada who must make a connection or layover in another province may undertake their federal self-isolation once in New Brunswick. International students spending time in another province for any other reason must complete their 14 days of isolation in that province before entering New Brunswick and will be directed to self-isolate for a further 14 days if arriving from any province outside of Atlantic Canada. International students are not required to fill out a Travel Registration to enter the province for studies.

Travellers arriving from the United States – For entry into Canada and Canada-U.S. border restrictions, visit the Government of Canada page here and the Canada Border Services Agency page here or call 1-800-461-9999.

Travellers arriving from a country other than the United States – You must enter through the Canada Border Services Agency. Click here for more information or call 1-800-461-9999.

Canadian students moving to New Brunswick

Students moving to New Brunswick from Canadian provinces or territories outside of Atlantic Canada must follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolating for 14 days. These students should select “Moving to NB (Non-NB Resident)” as their Reason for Entry when registering their travel at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration

Canadian family accompanying students moving into New Brunswick

Family members from Canadian provinces or territories outside of Atlantic Canada who are accompanying students moving to New Brunswick may enter New Brunswick for a period of not more than 24 hours and they are expected to self-isolate while in the province. These travellers should select “Other” as their Reason for Entry when registering their travel at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration and indicate in the Detailed Reasons for Entry that they are “Accompanying a student to New Brunswick.”

New Brunswickers accompanying students moving outside of New Brunswick

Anyone returning to New Brunswick after accompanying students who have moved outside of the Atlantic Provinces must follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolating for 14 days. Entry into Canada falls under federal jurisdiction and any inquiries should be made to the Government of Canada. Anyone coming to New Brunswick from outside Canada must follow any directives from the Government of Canada including orders under the federal Quarantine Act and, upon entering New Brunswick, follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolating for 14 days. These travellers should select “Other” as their Reason for Entry when registering their travel at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration and indicate in the Detailed Reasons for Entry that they are “Accompanying a student moving out of New Brunswick.”

Visitors and property owners from outside Atlantic Canada

Canadian residents owning property in New Brunswick can enter the province provided they self-isolate for 14 days, or the duration of the visit if shorter than 14 days. Canadian residents can visit family members in New Brunswick provided they self-isolate for 14 days, or the duration of the visit if shorter than 14 days. Once visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories finish their 14-day self-isolation they may travel within the Maritime provinces.

The people considered a family member who can enter the province are:

  • Parent (including step-parents and parents-in-law)
  • Child (including step-children, foster children and adoptive children
  • Grandparent (including great-grandparents)
  • Grandchild (including great-grandchildren)
  • Sibling (including step-siblings, half-siblings)
  • Significant other (defined as one of two persons in an intimate partner relationship)
  • Foster families

Travelling into New Brunswick

Everyone entering New Brunswick at any point of entry, including airports, must stop when instructed to do so by a peace officer and answer any questions as required to support the intent of the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Where a person is not met by a peace officer at their point of entry, they must report to a peace officer and answer questions upon being directed to do so. If you are planning to enter the province, please come prepared with the required documents for travel into New Brunswick. Register your travel ahead of entering New Brunswick as part of your travel preparation plans. Find out more at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration.

COVID-19 and border management

In every case, entry is conditional on each individual providing identity documents, including contact phone number, agree that they have been provided written information documenting the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and acknowledging that failure to comply with isolation and follow-up compliance checks by enforcement officials may result in consequences.

Returning residents

New Brunswick residents returning from away are permitted to enter New Brunswick by land, sea, or air after screening. If you have travelled within the Atlantic Bubble they are not required to self-isolate. If they travelled outside the Atlantic provinces they are required to follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolation within New Brunswick for 14 days unless otherwise exempt.  

Relocating to NB permanently

People entering to relocate to New Brunswick permanently must follow the latest guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health including self-isolation if required.  

People not required to self-isolate

In addition to the Atlantic Bubble, where New Brunswickers and Atlantic visitors are not required to self-isolate during their return or visit; the following persons are permitted to enter New Brunswick and are not required to self-isolate:

1)  Those who demonstrate they are travelling through to another jurisdiction and who agree to limit stops to food, fuel and personal needs and agree to follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

2)  Workers who are healthy and:

a)  provide or support things essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of New Brunswickers, including;

i)   Commercial transportation of goods by truck, train and plane

ii)  Maintenance of critical infrastructure telecommunications, transportation, data, fuel, electricity, manufacturing, water and wastewater, health and financial systems that is urgent and unplanned and where New Brunswick services are not available

b)  live in or near an interprovincial border community and commute to and from work locally, where the person lives in one province and works or operates a business in another.

c)  New Brunswick residents no longer need to self-isolate when returning from work in another Canadian province or territory.

3)  Individuals who:

a)  are healthy residents of Campobello Island who must cross the border to access required goods and services

b)  are patients who must travel to access healthcare services in another province because the service is unavailable within NB

c)  are patients from another province who must continue to access medical care in New Brunswick

d)  are a family unit of parents and children, to facilitate shared custody of children as per a court order or formal custody agreement

All such workers and individuals who are exempt from self-isolation must travel directly to and from work and/or their accommodations, self-monitor and avoid contact with vulnerable individuals, and follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
 

Businesses, work and workplaces

People entering New Brunswick from outside Atlantic Canada for work for a fixed period

Unless the worker is a person entering New Brunswick under an arrangement with an employer previously approved by WorkSafe NB, persons entering for a specific period of work from another jurisdiction outside of Atlantic Canada, with proof of their employment may enter, but must also follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolation within New Brunswick for 14 days prior to commencing work.   
   

Businesses and employers

Any business or employer must either:

1)  ensure that any workers contracted or employed who must travel from outside New Brunswick self-isolate within New Brunswick for 14 days, not leave their isolation site, and follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and WorkSafeNB before and after entering any workplace. 

OR

2)  submit to WorkSafeNB a minimum of 15 business days in advance of expected employee arrival in the province and receive prior approval from WorkSafe NB of the isolation elements of an Operational Plan for inter-provincial workers outside of the Atlantic provinces. The plan must address that the employer will ensure that workers from outside the Atlantic provinces are, for 14 days after they enter the New Brunswick:

i.  isolated from any New Brunswicker while they travel to and from their accommodations and worksite

ii.  required to remain at their accommodations and isolated from contact with any New Brunswicker during work hours and while off duty

iii.  effectively supervised to ensure these isolation measures are met

iv.  compliant with any requirements set out by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafeNB

For purposes of clarity, any workers contracted or employed by an employer and who live in or near an interprovincial border community and commute to work daily, are not require to self-isolate as outlined above. Alternatively, any worker contracted or employed by an employer and who live in or near an interprovincial border community, but are unable to commute and return home daily, is subject to the self-isolation requirements as outlined above. Any person who arrives from outside Canada is subject to the federal Quarantine Act and the provisions of that Act apply. Information regarding Canadians remaining in New Brunswick is shared with public health and public safety officials to monitor and ensure compliance.

 

Community public health measures
 

The following general public health measures are applicable to all individuals across all the phases of the recovery plan:

  • Physical distancing (minimum distance of two metres)

Maintain a minimum distance of two metres between yourself and others at all times, with the exception of members of the same household or “bubble”. People must not congregate in groups; which will impact our daily routines, business operations and recreational activities. In public settings with seated venues physical distancing may be reduced down to 1 metre with the continuous use of a mask (August 17 2020). This measure already exists in public transit and would now apply in settings such as postsecondary institutions, with the condition that food and drink not be consumed when people are seated at this distance. Distancing of 2 meters would be required in order for food or drinks to be consumed.

  • Frequent and thorough handwashing

Practice proper hand hygiene including good handwashing practices. Proper handwashing requires regularly and thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water or minimum 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Cleaning surfaces properly

For households, regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Regular household cleaners, disinfectant wipes or a diluted bleach solution can be used according to the label directions.

  • Respiratory hygiene

Practice good respiratory hygiene. When you cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue; dispose of the tissue and wash your hands afterwards. If you do not have a tissue available, cough into your sleeve or elbow.

  • Community face masks

Wearing a non-medical mask, also referred to as a community face maskis required when unable to maintain physical distancing in the community (i.e. grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.).