Higgs to reveal details of mandatory mask rule at COVID-19 briefing

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New Brunswick will make it mandatory to wear masks in public by mid-October, if not sooner, but Premier Blaine Higgs says he wants the public to be relaxed.Speaking on CBC Radio on Friday, Higgs said a schedule for the mask requirement would be announced at 11 a.m. during a COVID-19 briefing with reporters.

Higgs revealed the timing when asked directly about it.

“We’re going to get there, we’re kind of integrating into it, working with communities, working with businesses, getting people to become more diligent and to participate in this program.

The multi-stakeholder committee meets

The prime minister said the mask-making discussion was a big topic on Thursday in the all-party COVID 19 cabinet committee.

“He is motivated by the situation in our neighboring provinces. ”

Green Party Leader David Coon and Roger Melanson, interim leader of the Liberal Party, said they both supported the requirement for a mandatory mask.

“We have to get to the point where everyone is wearing masks in indoor public spaces with cases of covid-19 surging across the Atlantic bubble and the incredible success we have had in New Brunswick and in whole Atlantic bubble, we don’t want to compromise that, ”Coon said.

Melanson, who did not attend Thursday’s meeting, said her party would support her.

“Wear a mask, if public health made this recommendation in public spaces, we would support it. ”

But People’s Alliance leader Kris Austin said he’s not sure the time is right for mandatory masks, given New Brunswick is doing exceptionally well at the moment.

“I think if, you know, we see an increase in cases and the government needs to crack down a little harder and make them mandatory, I would definitely be in favor of that. “

To cheat or to treat or not?

While no details were revealed during the group chat, Coon said Halloween will be a happy one for everyone.

Austin agreed, saying it was important to allow the company to continue as much as possible as long as public health recommendations were followed.

“I think right now it’s just important that society continues, you know, keeping in mind that we’re still in a pandemic and doing the right thing. ”

Melanson said if the recommendation is to go ahead with Halloween, every precaution will have to be taken.

“And at the end of the day, it’s the decisions of parents with and with their children to decide whether or not they would like to cheat or deal, if that’s the decision to allow. “

When the rules are broken

When a member of the public complained that some young people hold large gatherings and ignore public health precautions, Higgs said it appears some people have forgotten there is a pandemic.

“We have seen this in other provinces and we have seen the result. We have seen Quebec locked down, essentially locked out now, for the next 28 days. ”

Higgs said the province will step in when the mandatory emergency order is violated, but it will be done in a way that persuades people to be part of the solution rather than a bigger problem.

Melanson said people still need to take precautions.

“We’re starting to see this around us outside of New Brunswick. We are not totally isolated from what is going on outside.

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