NEW BRUNSWICK – At midnight tonight, Wednesday, June 16, New Brunswick will enter the second of the three phase Path to Green.
In a live press briefing from Fredericton on Wednesday, Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, and Premier Blaine Higgs delivered the news.
Russell announced that 20.2 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 65 over have now received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Hitting 20 per cent was the benchmark for the shift to the second phase, along with all health zones remaining in Yellow, and low hospitalizations.
A plethora of restrictions have been modified and/or lifted in this second phase.
From the GNB website:
- No isolation or testing will be required for those travelling to New Brunswick from the Atlantic provinces, including Nova Scotia.
- No isolation or testing will be required for Canadian residents with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine travelling to New Brunswick.
- Unvaccinated Canadian residents travelling to New Brunswick from outside the Atlantic provinces, or Avignon or Témiscouata in Quebec, will be permitted to enter the province. They will be required to isolate and take a COVID-19 test between days five and seven before they can discontinue isolation.
- The requirement for travellers to isolate in a designated facility will no longer be in effect.
- Rotational workers and their households will no longer need to self-isolate upon their return to New Brunswick.
- Travel registration will continue to be required for all travellers entering New Brunswick from outside the Atlantic provinces.
- Restaurants and businesses may operate at regular capacity. Businesses such as restaurants, gyms and salons must continue to maintain a contact list of clients to allow Public Health to contact trace if needed. Masks must continue to be worn indoors when it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of two metres or when not eating or drinking. The requirement to remain seated at all times is no longer in effect.
- Organized sporting activity will be permitted, however players and teams based outside of Atlantic Canada will be subject to travel requirements.
All other restrictions will remain in place, including the use of masks, based on a health zone’s alert level. New Brunswickers should check the rules in effect in other provinces prior to travel.
Travellers from outside the Atlantic provinces will be required to show their registration and proof of vaccination when crossing into New Brunswick from Quebec or at an airport. Travellers should anticipate delays at the Quebec border when entering New Brunswick, and it is recommended that they consider crossing the border outside of peak hours, during the evening or at night if possible to avoid traffic.
Phase 2 on the path to Green allows restrictions for travellers from Maine and other international jurisdictions to be reduced. However, these changes will not come into effect yet, as federal regulations supersede provincial guidelines. Federal restrictions for international travellers are available online.
Details on all three phases can be found here.
If you received your first dose prior to May 1, you are eligible to book your second dose. Contact your local participating pharmacy, or click here to book an appointment at a Horizon Health clinic. Public Health asks whenever possible, to book your second shot appointment at the same location as your first.
As of Monday, June 21, if 28 days have transpired since your first dose, you can book an appointment for your second.
Russell reiterated her comments from Tuesday, reminding New Brunswickers that if you had Pfizer or Moderna, you can have either for your second dose. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has stated the two vaccines, both MRNA vaccines, are interchangeable. NACI has also stated those who received AstraZeneca as their first dose can receive Pfizer or Moderna as their second.
To receive a second dose, residents are asked to bring a signed consent form, Medicare card, and a copy of the record of immunization provided on receiving your first dose.
For full details on COVID-19 in New Brunswick, click here.