NB Enters Next Phase of Coronavirus Recovery
Announced by Premier Blaine Higgs on May 8th, New Brunswick's COVID-19 recovery plan has transitioned to Phase 2. This means businesses and activities can carefully reopen, ie. with conditions (physical distancing, etc.). This includes, but is not limited to, retail stores and restaurants; as well as daycares, offices, libraries, museums, zoos, campgrounds, and ATV trails. As well, elective surgeries can start taking place again and non-emergency health services, including dentists and physiotherapists, can reopen. Outdoor public gatherings, with physical distancing, of 10 or fewer people are now permitted. Also permitted are indoor public gatherings, again, with physical distancing, of 10 or fewer people for in-person religious services, weddings and funerals. Face masks will be required to be worn in public if physical distancing cannot be maintained. Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, says it is expected that New Brunswickers will continue to limit close contact to those only within their two-household bubble. ( Full_NB_press_release )
Meantime, no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in New Brunswick on May 8th, putting the total number of confirmed cases in the province at 120 since the outbreak began, only two of which remain active cases. The province has conducted 17,029 tests to date.