On July 30, 2021 at midnight the province of New Brunswick will enter the Green Phase of the COVID-19 recovery plan. This means that all COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted, including:
- Mandatory travel and public health restrictions that have been in place over the course of the pandemic.
- Provincial border restrictions for New Brunswick.
- Limitations on gatherings and the number of people within facilities. Capacity limits in theaters, restaurants and stored will no longer be required.
- Requirement to wear face masks in public.
It is important to note that Federal border restrictions will remain in effect. The Public Health Act also allows the government to declare outbreaks and enforce isolation requirements to protect communities when needed. (This Act was in place before the pandemic and will continue when the emergency order has ended).
Businesses may still choose to maintain their own policies on protective health measures to safeguard their staff and patrons. Some New Brunswickers will feel comfortable dropping all of the COVID-19 restrictions right away, while others will require more time to ease into the Green Phase.
During the pandemic, New Brunswick saw very few cases of Influenza. This may be a result of high influenza vaccination rates, as well as strict observance of public health orders and sanitary practices. There are many precautions that New Brunswickers have adopted during the pandemic that we can carry into the future in order to benefit public health.
Getting vaccinated: If you have not received your COVID-19 vaccinations, you can book them today by following this link, or by keeping an eye out for a walk-in vaccination clinic near you. Having a high number of vaccinated individuals provides both community and individual protection. Some people will still test positive for COVID-19 whether they are vaccinated or not, so it is important to continue to follow COVID-19 precautions.
Handwashing & respiratory hygiene: Continuing to regularly wash your hands with soap and water will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. Remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing; throw away the tissue and wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer.
Healthy workplaces: COVID-19 has also taught us the importance of staying home when you are feeling sick, and New Brunswickers are encouraged to continue to do so. If you have two or more symptoms of COVID-19 stay home and get tested.
Cleaning & disinfecting: Regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, handrails, etc., will help control the spread of viruses. Dish soap and water is effective at breaking down the fatty barrier which protects the coronavirus.
Physical distancing & face masks: Many New Brunswickers will continue to use face masks and practice physical distancing. These precautions help prevent the spread of viruses, particularly in crowded spaces such as public transit or large gatherings, or when case numbers are high in the community.
Safe travels: COVID-19 has had a devastating global impact, and many parts of the world are still struggling to control the spread of the virus. It is recommended that people are fully vaccinated before travelling. Remember to follow COVID-19 precautions when travelling, and know in advance what regulations are in place for your destination, including what rules exist for your return home. Getting tested: If you have two or more symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. Follow this link to schedule a COVID-19 test.
Remember to continue to stay alert for Public Health notices and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are in need of support or have questions about community, social, and non-clinical health and government services, call 2-1-1, visit nb.211.ca , or for mental health support visit Bridge the Gap.