New Brunswick moves to next phase of reopening plan

Blaine Higgs

New Brunswick is moving to the third phase of its recovery plan, named the Yellow Phase, as there are again no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the province.

There is one active case, which was reported yesterday, and with 120 individuals having recovered.

Premier Blaine Higgs thanked New Brunswickers for their continued cooperation and patience, saying that changes to current restrictions will be slowly introduced.

Effective immediately, the two household bubble can be extended to family and friends that you would see on a regular basis.

Higgs says it's recommended to keep gatherings to no more than ten people and to keep that circle of friends and family as small as possible.

Non-regulated health professions such as acupuncturists and naturopaths can open, as well as barbers, hair stylists, spas, and tattoo shops.

More restrictions will be lifted as of next Friday, May 29th, with outdoor gatherings or indoor religious gatherings of up to 50 people allowed as long as physical distancing can be respected.

Higgs says that number will be reviewed on a continual basis.

Also next Friday, swimming pools, saunas and water parks, yoga and dance studios, gyms, and rinks will be allowed to open.

The premier says low contact sports activities can operate, under guidance of their provincial and national organizations, with spectators limited to one person per child and physical distancing required.

Higgs says temporary foreign workers will be allowed to enter next Friday to ensure more workers are available for agriculture and seafood sectors.

As of June 19th, overnight camps can reopen.