GNB: New COVID-19 measures go into effect tonight at 11:59 p.m.

GNB: New COVID-19 measures go into effect tonight at 11:59 p.m.

by ahnationtalk on September 21, 202142 Views

21 September 2021

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Beginning tonight at 11:59 p.m., people will be required to show proof of full vaccination when accessing certain events, services and businesses, and masking will be mandatory in all public indoor spaces. In addition, anyone entering New Brunswick must pre-register through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.

People will need to show proof of full vaccination whenever they access certain services, businesses and events, including:

  • indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events;
  • indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs and bars;
  • movie theatres, nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos;
  • gyms, indoor pools and indoor recreation facilities;
  • indoor group exercise facilities;
  • indoor organized gatherings, including weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops;
  • indoor organized group recreational sports, classes and activities; and
  • visiting a long-term care facility.

Events, businesses and services that fall under these categories must ask to see proof of full vaccination and government-issued identification from all patrons and participants who are 12 and older.

Those who are unable to receive a vaccine due to a medical exemption will be required to show proof.

Indoor public spaces where masks will be mandatory include:

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

Existing mask policies continue to apply in public schools and early childhood learning facilities.

Any individual or business that fails to follow the new regulations under the Public Health Act may be subject to fines ranging between $172.50 and $772.50 under the Provincial Offences Procedure Act.

Additional information about the updated measures is available online.

Resources for businesses

Businesses have access to materials such as posters to inform their patrons about the new regulations. These resources are available online. Business owners with questions about the rules may contact the Business Navigators at 1-833-799-7966 or [email protected].

Confirmed cases in schools

Positive cases have been confirmed in schools in zones 3 (Fredericton region) and 4 (Edmundston region).

The respective school communities have been notified. If you or a family member have been in close contact with a case, you will be notified by Public Health for contact tracing. This notification may be communicated by the school. If you do not hear directly from Public Health, you have not been identified as a close contact.

As per New Brunswick’s Healthy and Safe Schools guidelines, schools with cases will close or move to online learning for at least one calendar day to support contact tracing, risk assessments and operational responses. Districts have contacted families directly with specific information regarding any impact on learning, including information on home learning, if required.

Zone 3 (Fredericton region) – Positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at the following schools: Carleton North High School in Florenceville-Bristol and Meduxnekeag Consolidated School in Woodstock. Additional cases have been confirmed at Andover Elementary School in Perth-Andover, Perth-Andover Middle School, Southern Victoria High School in Perth-Andover.

Zone 4 (Edmundston region) – A positive case was confirmed at each of the following schools: École Marie-Gaétane in Kedgwick and École Saint-Jacques in Edmundston. Positive cases have also been confirmed at John Caldwell School in Grand Falls.

48 of 65 new cases not fully vaccinated

Public Health reported 40 recoveries and 65 new cases today. Forty-eight – or 73 per cent – of these new cases are not fully vaccinated.

There are 24 people hospitalized due to the virus, with 15 in an intensive care unit. No one under the age of 19 is currently hospitalized. The number of active cases is 509.

The 11 new cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • four people 20-29;
  • two people 30-39;
  • three people 40-49;
  • a person 70-79; and
  • a person 80-89.

Seven cases are under investigation and four are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The two new cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) are as follows:

  • a person 20-29; and
  • a person 70-79.

One case is under investigation and the other is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The 15 new cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • three people 19 and under;
  • a person 20-29;
  • a person 30-39;
  • six people 40-49;
  • a person 50-59;
  • a person 60-69; and
  • two people 80-89.

Thirteen cases are under investigation and two are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 20 new cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) are as follows:

  • 10 people 19 and under;
  • a person 20-29;
  • three people 30-39;
  • two people 40-49;
  • three people 50-59; and
  • a person 60-69.

Fifteen cases are under investigation and five are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The 13 new cases in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are as follows:

  • seven people 19 and under;
  • two people 20-29;
  • three people 30-39; and
  • a person 40-49.

Four cases are under investigation and nine are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

The two new cases in Zone 6 (Bathurst region) are as follows:

  • a person 40-49; and
  • a person 50-59.

Both cases are under investigation.

The two new cases in Zone 7 (Miramichi region) are two people 70-79. Both are contacts of previously confirmed cases.

Additional information is available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Vaccination update

Public Health reported today that 77.9 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 86.6 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine.

If you have not yet had your first or second dose, you are asked to go to a walk-in clinic or book an appointment through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic as soon as possible.

All eligible New Brunswickers can book their second-dose appointments for a date that is at least 28 days after their first dose.

Those attending a vaccination clinic are asked to bring their Medicare card, a signed consent form and, for those receiving their second dose, a copy of the record of immunization provided after receiving their first dose.

A list of upcoming mobile and walk-in clinics is available online.

Potential public exposures

Anyone with symptoms of the virus, as well as anyone who has been at the site of a possible public exposure, is urged to request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to get an appointment.

Media Contact(s)

Bruce Macfarlane, communications, Department of Health, [email protected]

Danielle Elliott, communications, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, [email protected]

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