“It’s nice to see everyone’s faces again:” NB is no longer under compulsory prescription, despite the concerns of experts – .

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“It’s nice to see everyone’s faces again:” NB is no longer under compulsory prescription, despite the concerns of experts – .


FREDERICTON – The Boyce Farmer’s Market, a Fredericton favorite, was a busy place on Saturday morning after New Brunswick’s mandatory order was lifted, and with it, all of the province’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Capacity limits no longer apply, and neither do mandatory masks. Many embraced him.

“This is our happy place. We usually come all the time, and for a very long time it was just a weird, uncomfortable vibe, ”said Tyler Wood.

“It’s just amazing to see everyone go out, see the big crowds and see people kissing and smiling and really enjoying the day. It’s just amazing to be back and feeling normal. “

The end of the mandatory prescription also means anyone can visit the province, including unvaccinated Canadians. Border controls at the Quebec-New Brunswick border are no longer carried out by the Department of Public Security.

People can also choose to wear a mask.

Brian MacDonald decided to continue to wear one during his visit to the market “just by being too careful”.

“I have mixed feelings about opening up New Brunswick as long as it’s with the Delta variant,” he said. “I hope the lack of a mask is not a disaster. “

Experts are also voicing concerns about the ruling, warning that it will lead to an increase in cases.

“It seems to be a bit quick,” said Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease specialist in Halifax.

“It’s a bit of an experience, not as much as in Alberta, but a bit of an experience that didn’t have to go as quickly as it did. Am I anticipating a massive number of hospitalizations all of a sudden? are there going to be people who will get sick and maybe very sick who didn’t need it? It’s almost a certainty over the next few weeks. I’m not sure that’s okay at the moment. “

But Premier Blaine Higgs says he’s confident and comfortable with the decision, even though the province has yet to meet its 75% vaccination target.

Higgs also said his government has made vaccines very accessible, with mobile and after-hours clinics across the province.

“There are those who have no real reason not to be vaccinated and have chosen not to be vaccinated, and yes, they are at risk,” he said.

“They will continue to be in danger, so their fate is in their hands in that sense because the opportunity is there. I can’t do anything more. We don’t have a mandatory vaccination policy and I don’t see that coming anytime soon. “

Higgs said he would use his own discretion to wear a mask.

The end of the binding order also ends the need for the multi-party COVID-19 ministerial committee.

Since last March, the group has seen New Brunswick’s four political parties sit at the same table, together making decisions related to the pandemic.

Higgs said meetings could be scheduled if necessary in the future, but as of yet, no further meetings are scheduled.

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