COVID-19: Most of NB onto Next Stage of Phase 3

UPDATED 4pm, June 8, 2020 > With 24 active cases of the Coronavirus, including nine announced on the afternoon of June 8th, New Brunswick’s Campbellton region (Zone 5) remains at Phase 2 (Orange) of the Province’s Recovery Plan. However, for the rest of the province, June 5th marked another key step in Phase 3 (Yellow).

A further reduction in restrictions includes allowing indoor gatherings in private homes of 10 people or fewer, and outdoor public gatherings of 50 people or fewer with physical distancing. As well, religious services with 50 people or fewer, including weddings and funerals, can take place with physical distancing. Elective surgeries will increase. Outdoor visitation will be permitted, limited to two visitors, at long-term care facilities. Low-contact team sports (for example, baseball) are now permitted with conditions. Playgrounds are open (more). Also allowed to open now, with physical distancing and capacity limits, are public swimming pools, waterparks, gyms, and dance studios. All of the specifics can be found in the NB Recovery Plan.

Meantime, the Province is serious about people wearing face-coverings. The latest directives from NB Public Health under the COVID-19 State of Emergency state that p
eople are strongly encouraged to have a mask with them at all times when in a public area so they can put it on if physical distancing of 2m cannot be maintained (June_6_clarification).

Nine new cases of COVID-19 were announced in the June 8th update by NB Public Health. Of the 146 confirmed cases in the province to date, there has been one death and 121 recoveries. Of the 24 active cases, all in Zone 5 (Campbellton region), five are in hospital with none in ICU. There have been 34,400 tests conducted so far.

June 5th "Yellow" Update