New Brunswick enters second phase of COVID-19 recovery plan


New Brunswick has officially entered the second phase of its COVID-19 recovery plan and will allow the opening of a large number of businesses, provided they comply with public health rules.

Offices, retail stores and restaurants will be allowed to open, as will certain cultural institutions such as libraries, galleries and museums.

The daycares will be open on May 19.

The “orange” phase will start immediately, but all businesses will need to develop operational plans that detail how social distancing can be observed as well as how those who are symptomatic or who have traveled outside the province during of the last 14 days will be selected and kept outside their premises before being able to open.

New Brunswick has announced its phased approach to reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Brunswick has announced its phased approach to reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Masks will be mandatory for operations where physical distance is not possible, with exemptions for children under the age of two and anyone with a medical condition that makes them unable to wear one.

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This could include grocery stores or any other public company that believes it cannot maintain a physical distance.

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Elective surgeries will also resume in hospitals across the province, but will start with the most urgent cases.

Regulated health care providers such as dentists will also be able to resume operations, but will need to follow special protocols.

A full list of medical services that can be opened is available on the Government of New Brunswick’s website.

The two-family bubble system will remain, but gatherings of 10 or fewer people will now be allowed, as long as they take place outside and people follow physical distancing protocols.

Religious services such as weddings and funerals will be allowed indoors with 10 people or less as long as physical distance is practiced.

New Brunswick announces new COVID-17 cases for two consecutive days

New Brunswick announces new COVID-17 cases for two consecutive days

Businesses that are unable to provide physical distance will be allowed to open, but will have to follow tighter controls which could include temperature controls, physical barriers and face coatings.

Campsites and ATV trails may also open as part of Phase 2.

READ MORE: How does New Brunswick’s four-step plan to recover from COVID-19 work?

No new cases announced on Friday

New Brunswick announced no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

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The total number of confirmed cases in the province is 120, with 118 people who have recovered from the disease.

None of the active cases are hospitalized and no deaths have been recorded in New Brunswick.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Health authorities warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are legally required to isolate themselves for 14 days, beginning on March 26, in case they develop symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus to other people. Some provinces and territories have also implemented recommendations or additional enforcement measures to ensure the self-isolation of people returning to the region.

Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and those with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.

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