Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell are scheduled to address the public at 2:30 p.m. (Government of New Brunswick/YouTube)
Three-level plan will remain in place until spring, indoor gatherings limited to 20 people
December 3, 2021
The New Brunswick government has released its winter plan for COVID-19, three days earlier than planned.
In the face of a “very concerning” rise in infections over the past two weeks and a disproportionate number of cases among the unvaccinated, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said a three-level plan will go into effect Saturday at 11:59 p.m.
It will remain in effect until spring, she said at a live-streamed COVID-19 update on Friday.
(They give a “choice” to the businesses….while they apply pressure behind the scenes.)
The entire province will be in Level 1, the lowest level of restrictions, when the plan goes into effect Saturday. It includes the following rules and guidelines:
- Informal indoor gatherings limited to 20.
- Outdoor gatherings limited to 50 people.
- Unvaccinated residents should avoid informal indoor gatherings.
- Masks will be required in outdoor spaces when physical distancing can’t be maintained.
- Malls, grocery stores, salons must enforce physical distancing.
- Malls, grocery stores, salons have the option of requiring proof of vaccination from all patrons.
- Schools will follow existing plans at this time.
“The measures are not difficult,” Shephard said, noting “the power to keep us in level one is in our hands.”
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