Beginning Wednesday, September 22nd at all municipally owned facilities:
Proof of Vaccination or medical exemption required.
Masks required unless on field of play.
REVISED / New regulations introduced to increase vaccination rates and slow the spread of COVID-19
15 September 2021
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government announced today that beginning Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m., people will be required to show proof of vaccination when accessing certain events, services and businesses, and anyone entering New Brunswick must preregister their travel.
“As we are in the fourth wave of the pandemic, it is imperative that we do what is needed to protect our residents while living with the reality that the virus is still with us,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “These changes are necessary to ensure that our province is able to remain in Green and avoid lockdowns, which we know are detrimental to businesses and people’s mental health. We also need to avoid overwhelming our health-care system. The vaccine is an effective tool that can help us combat this virus, but more people must get vaccinated to provide us all with better protection.”
People will need to show proof of vaccination whenever they access certain services, businesses and events, including:
· indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events;
· indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs and bars;
· movie theatres, nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos;
· gyms, indoor pools and indoor recreation facilities;
· indoor group exercise facilities;
· indoor organized gatherings including weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops;
· indoor organized group recreational sports, classes and activities; and
· visiting a long-term care facility.
Events, businesses and services that fall under these categories must ask to see proof of vaccination and government-issued identification from all patrons and participants who are 12 and older.
Individuals who are unable to receive a vaccine due to a medical exemption will be required to show proof.
Businesses will have access to materials such as posters to inform their patrons about the new regulations. Business owners with questions about the rules may contact the Business Navigators at 1-833-799-7966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proof of vaccination may be provided by showing an immunization record or a photograph of an immunization record from a regional health authority clinic, pharmacy or Public Health. New Brunswickers can also show proof of vaccination by using the MyHealthNB portal. People who have been vaccinated outside the province may provide proof of vaccination from that jurisdiction. A QR code that can be displayed on a phone to prove that New Brunswickers have been vaccinated is expected to be available in about a month.
In addition, anyone entering New Brunswick after Sept. 21 must register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. This includes New Brunswickers who are returning after travelling outside the province. Residents of Campobello Island who are travelling back and forth to mainland New Brunswick must register their travel, but are not required to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. When registering, travellers must upload proof of vaccination. People who are not fully vaccinated must isolate for 14 days. They can stop isolating if they receive a negative COVID-19 test after day 10. Registration is not yet in effect, but the system will be active by Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Any individual or business that fails to follow the new regulations may be subject to fines ranging between $172.50 and $772.50.
The provincial government also announced that people who live or work in certain communal settings, such as assisted living facilities, shelters, community kitchens and addiction and mental health treatment facilities will be required to either be fully vaccinated or wear a mask and be tested regularly for COVID-19. In addition, staff at nursing homes and adult residential facilities will be required to either be fully vaccinated or wear a mask and be tested regularly for COVID-19.
Mandatory masking in indoor public spaces added to list of regulations going into effect this week
20 September 2021
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government announced today that masking in public indoor spaces will be added to the previously approved list that will take effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
“We need urgent action by all New Brunswickers, regardless of vaccination status, to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “As transmission increases, we must take this extra step to make indoor public spaces safer for everyone. We all need to continue practising public health measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones, the most important of which is to get vaccinated.”
Masks will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including:
- public spaces where the public and employees interact, such as retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, and restaurants and bars except while eating;
- organized indoor gatherings in public spaces, such as weddings and funerals;
- common areas like lobbies, elevators and hallways, and public shared spaces including those in private sector and government workspaces; and
- public transportation.
Previously existing mask policies continue to apply in public schools and early childhood learning facilities.
Last week, it was announced that effective Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m. people will be required to show proof of vaccination when accessing certain events, services and businesses, and anyone entering New Brunswick must preregister their travel.
“The fourth wave of COVID-19 is in New Brunswick and we need everyone to do their part to help reduce the severity of the disease and protect our health-care system,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “All of these measures are aimed at slowing the rate of transmission as vaccination rates rise. We are still going to have cases and we will still have hospitalizations but by working together we can keep it manageable and help our health-care professionals as they work so hard on behalf of all New Brunswickers.”
Information on the updated regulations is available online.