COVID-19 case detected at school, restaurants worried about new rules being applied – .

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A case of COVID-19 has been detected at Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton, adding to the list of schools exposed to the virus.
English-speaking Eastern School District Acting Superintendent Pamela Wilson told parents on Wednesday evening the students will stay home on Thursday, and public health is working to confirm who has been in close contact with the confirmed case. .

“We understand that you might be feeling anxious over the next few days,” Wilson wrote in the letter to parents.

She said public health would work with the school and parents would be contacted if their child was exposed. She said if parents don’t receive an email regarding their child’s exposure, students should closely monitor symptoms this week and get tested if they develop.

“Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any anxiety and remind them to treat each other with kindness and respect, in person and on social media,” Wilson said.

Highest number of cases, 15th school affected

On Monday, the province said 11 schools had at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. During that week that number rose to 14. The Harrison case brings the total to 15 schools over the course of a week.

The parent advisory comes after the province announced the largest single-day increase in the number of cases since the pandemic was declared, with 63 new cases.

This week, the province introduced new public safety measures, including the requirement for proof of vaccination to access non-essential businesses and services, and travel registration. The province is also demanding that students and teachers resume wearing masks at school. Teachers who are vaccinated will not have to wear a mask while teaching.

New measures elicit mixed reactions from the restaurant industry

A restaurant industry association gives mixed opinions on the new pandemic measures adopted by the government of Blaine Higgs.

Beginning next Wednesday, people 12 years of age and over will need to show proof of vaccination to enter New Brunswick restaurants as well as bars, gyms and entertainment venues.

Children under 12 will also need to present government-issued identification, such as a birth certificate or health card.

It’s better than having to close, said Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada vice-president for Atlantic Canada.

With the industry’s financial situation right now, the restaurants could not endure another shutdown, Erjavec said.

We’re gonna be on the front line, you know, having to check these certificates, deny entry to those who don’t have one– Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada

Forty-five percent of restaurants are still losing money, he said.

The implementation of the new rules, however, could put restaurants in a difficult position, Erjavec said.

“We are in the hotel industry. Our job is to serve our customers… to make their experience pleasant.

“But instead, we’re going to be the ones on the front lines, you know, having to verify these certificates, deny entry to those who don’t have it.” “

Erjavec fears that restaurateurs and employees will bear the brunt of public frustration with the new measures.

“You might have a 17 or 18 year old hostess or host who has an angry customer berating them for being denied entry to a restaurant. It is not the restaurant’s policy. It is government policy. “

Luc Erjavec of Restaurants Canada is concerned about the additional financial burden of applying new rules on proof of COVID-19 vaccination. (SRC)

Restaurants are already struggling enough to find enough employees to stay open, he said.

Experience in other provinces has shown that they will essentially have to hire another person to enforce the new rules, he said.

On the other hand, if they don’t comply, they face fines of up to $ 770.

Either way, Erjavec said, the new rules are likely to be a financial burden.

Sales are likely to go down, he said, because the app will slow down service and some people will stay away because they don’t want the hassle.

“There’s a busy line on Friday night and, you know, a table of 10 pops up and it takes five minutes or 10 minutes for everyone to find their certificates, find out if it’s valid. Or maybe a person doesn’t. . So, is an entire table of 10 going to go? “

If restaurants are the ones enforcing the new rules, he said, the government should provide financial support.

He would like the responsibility to fall more on customers and government employees.

Individuals could be held personally responsible for ensuring they are vaccinated before entering.

“Why couldn’t you have an inspector outside the restaurant?” Someone is coming out. You say, “May I see your certificate? They don’t have it, that’s fine with them. “

“Why should a restaurateur who has just lived 18 months, barely caught by the skin of his teeth, be the tool to implement government policy? “

Regulation should be done with a gentle hand, he added, noting it was bad for business earlier in the pandemic when inspectors showed up in bulletproof vests to check on contact tracing procedures. .

St. Mary’s First Nation postpones powwow

St. Mary’s First Nation is postponing its powwow originally scheduled for September 18 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

In a public notice, the First Nation said the 21st annual powwow would be postponed to a date yet to be determined based on guidance from the emergency measures operations team.

“More information regarding our community’s Fourth Wave COVID-19 response will be released soon,” the advisory reads.

“The St. Mary’s First Nation administration, EMO and the Pow Wow Committee would like to thank our community and participants for understanding this delay.

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