New Brunswick will go to Green midnight, Friday, July 30; mandatory emergency order will not be renewed

NEW BRUNSWICK – In a live press briefing from Fredericton today, Friday, July 23, Premier Blaine Higgs and Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell announced the province will not renew the mandatory emergency order, and all Public Health restrictions will be lifted at midnight on Friday, July 30, putting the province formally in Green.

“To say the last 18 months were unprecedented would be a significant understatement,” said Higgs.

He said as the province opened its borders in mid-June without resulting in increased cases, “We are safe to take this next step”.

Currently, 81.2 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are vaccinated with one dose, and 62.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Russell said there are lots of doses and appointments are available for those who still require a first or second dose.

“Efficacy is best with two doses,” she said.

Russell also said mixing MRNA vaccines is fine, and discussions are happening to ensure internationally, those who have been vaccinated with two different MRNA vaccines are recognized as fully vaccinated and can travel without issue.

Higgs said while the province will remove all public health restrictions next Friday, all federal border restrictions will remain in place.

For the full story, see the Tuesday, July 27 edition of The Saint Croix Courier.